We do have an Alameda Historical Society. And we even have a Guide to Residential Design. But I am not sure what can be done to ensure that the remaining Victorians are saved and preserved, or what standards should be followed and/or enforced to ensure Victorian design remains classic.
Just one block from the heart of downtown, and around the corner from City Hall is this Victorian whose owner installed a huge fountain that may look good in front of a large mansion, but not a Victorian this size.
Black and White Painted Lady
This next Victorian which languished for decades was finally purchased by someone who lovingly restored it. The exterior paint, however, had mixed reaction. Some loved it. And some couldn't understand how they got away with this design. In the City of Love in the 60s, this would have been in great demand, especially if it's interpreted in psychedelic colors. But today?
But I guess we'll take the funky painting over this blight. Sad, sad story about how absence of permits for the multi-unit dwelling forced the owner to leave. He was in a long-term dispute with the city. The property owner, the city, and the residents who would like nothing better than to have this Victorian restored to its glory. See the investigative report on 1617 Central Ave - Inspections from Hell.
Happily, the owner sold this to a reputable company who specializes in restoring such beauties. We are beyond thrilled and are looking forward to its transformation and restoration.
Directly across from the Victorian blight is a Victorian beauty. Fabulous restoration, complete with gold-leaf accents. This is what Alameda residents would like to see as the epitome of Victorian homes in the island that prides itself on our Victorians. Thankfully, there's more of this type of beautifully restored Victorians than there are blights.