According to Wikipedia, the term “Painted Lady” was coined in 1978 by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians. The post continues, “The best-known groups of ‘Painted Ladies’ is the row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, in San Francisco. It is sometimes known as ‘Postcard Row’.” Hudson has it’s own row of “Painted Ladies” on Willard Place and one of them, The Croff House at 5 Willard Place, is about to get a makeover. Just prior to the inn being sold in 2008 the owner at the time contracted to have the house repainted from the all-over white to more closely stay in keeping with the style of the houses of the period and with the inn’s next door neighbor. The house at 4 Willard Place, having been completely renovated, had been painted in an elaborate Painted Lady style. But while the painting at #5 was completed quickly, the quality of the work was not especially good and the years and weather took its toll.
Beginning in March contractors began scraping the old paint away, beginning the process of the house’s exterior makeover. During the scraping patches of wood repair on the 1875 clapboard siding also were completed, and now the painting can begin in earnest. The biggest challenge in the execution of the Painted Lady style is the selection of proper colors that work together to highlight the intricate details of the woodwork and carving details of the exterior, an important feature of the Second Empire Victorian style.
The color palette that has been selected for the re-painting is not a large divergence from the current color scheme. While The Croff House is currently painted using three colors (green, rust and tan), the new color scheme includes five colors (see photo below)
Curious to know what the “new” inn will look like? Stay tuned!