Along Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square (where the shoe garden was growing yesterday) is a row of Victorian Houses called The Painted Ladies. Painted Ladies get their name because they have been painted three or more colors on the exterior and architectural details. There are over 14,000 painted ladies in the city of San Francisco. This is probaly the most famous shot of the ladies because they are contrasted against the modern city skyline.
If this looks familiar to you at all it's because they were featured in during the opening music of the old sitcom, "Full House". It's also said that the author Alice Walker living in the Painted Ladies up until the 1990's.