Did you know that.... Alameda has the largest number of Victorians, per capita, than any city in the world.
- Has the largest number of Victorian homes per capita, than any city in the world
- Has the second highest number of boat slips per capita of any city in the world, after Marina Del Rey
- Home to the oldest operating municipal electric system in California.
Focusing on the subject of Victorians....
San Francisco is also famous for its many gorgeous Painted Ladies gracing the City. And to think that at one time, the City almost lost its Victorians due to an effort to "modernize".
In Alameda, we also lost many Victorian Treasures --- one can see pictures of some of those gorgeous buildings in the book Alameda: An Architectural Treasure Chest by Dennis Evanosky. Today, one can take a tour, as suggested by San Francisco Chronicle in an article "Alameda Victorians: Architectural Tour of the City."
Short walking tour of Victorians
But if one has very limited time to tour, go to this one place: Franklin Park in the heart of the famed Gold Coast. It's surrounded by many beautiful and historic buildings, many of them amazing examples of Victorian architecture. Walk around and you will see many Victorians as well as other architectural styles.
Here are some examples
P.S. All the photos, except for the top two, were taken using my iPhone, and edited using Picasa.