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Situated at the Western Addition in San Francisco, Alamo Square is a scenic park and community brimming with beautiful Victorian rowhouses and its location on top of a hill offers a panoramic view of the rest of the city. These magnificently crafted abodes give a snapshot of how San Francisco was at the culmination of the 19th century which is basically a city thick with stunning wooden Victorian houses.

The creation of the Alamo Square was spearheaded by then San Francisco mayor James Van Ness back in 1856 when he ordered that 13 acres of an area called Alamo Hill to be utilized as public grounds. The name Alamo Square naturally followed because of the community?s location. This area was mainly chosen because of its altitude and the unobstructed views it offers. San Franciscans refer to this place as the windiest point in the city. Visitors of Alamo Square may also want to time their visit at dawn or at dusk since may have revered the views of the sunrise and sunset as nothing short of the ordinary.

But of course, more than the 360-degree view of San Francisco and the breathtaking sunrise and sunset, Alamo Square is most popular to see the Victorian Houses. The houses fronting Steiner Street in particular stand out from the rest which are dubbed as the Painted Ladies and sometimes referred to as the Six Sisters. Americans past 30 years of age will easily identify these houses from the opening scenes of the hit 1990s sitcom Full House. However, for those who are not familiar with the TV show will simply remember these beautiful abodes as gorgeous houses playfully and vividly painted. These houses represent the prevailing architectural style in San Francisco during the last 50 years of the 19th century. Most of the Victorian houses in the city were unfortunately reduced to rubbles when the great earthquake which hit the metropolis in 1906, but nonetheless, 15,000 Victorian houses till stand tall today including the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. There are various architecturally important homes within this neighborhood-park which include the houses of the German and Russian Imperial consuls and the Archbishop?s mansion.

The Alamo Square also squares an incomparable vantage point of some of San Francisco?s other famous landmarks including the City Hall, the Oakland Bay Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid and the Golden Gate Bridge. For sports enthusiasts, a tennis court can be found within Alamo Square while kids can enjoy in the park?s playground while their parents are strolling around this picturesque neighborhood. Alamo Square is also a famous destination among canine lovers and is also a venue for several dog shows.

The Alamo Square is one of the most photo?d attractions in San Francisco.
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