There are more Victorians per capita in Alameda CA. So we are quite proud of the many Victorian homes that define our island.
However, there is a new Victorian style that has emerged. Will these start a trend...or should the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society propose an ordinance about what and how to paint historic homes like Victorians?
It started with an run down Victorian that people were so anxious to be restored. And finally, someone did. The restoration made news, and it was featured in the Alameda Magazine as "A House With A History".
Reaction was mixed. We like that the property was restored...but the exterior was quite intriguing.
And then we saw another multi-unit Victorian undergo a transformation. That, too, featured a curlicue design reminiscent of the first. Hard to miss this property since it is painted in bright yellow.
A third one emerged. This too, was looking very sad. Then construction crew came, and literally gutted the interior, and remodeled it top to bottom. Neighbors were thrilled to see it coming back to life....until it was painted black and white...and the curlicues appeared.
Many purists would find the bold and sweeping design flourishes as garish. The rest of us are torn. Although we love that these Victorians were rescued from decay and were brought back to life. But the striking designs are preventing us from falling in love with them.