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Painted Ladies

Dating back from the mid-to late-1800’s, a Painted Lady house is Victorian and Edwardian homes painted in 3 or more bright color schemes, with contrasting colors working to highlight architectural details. Fortune Restoration is proud winner of various Painted Lady awards throughout the years.

Painted Ladies Evanston & Old Irving Park

In 1893, Frank Lloyd Wright founded his architectural practice in Oak Park, a quiet, semi-rural village on the Western edges Most of these homes were originally painted in bright red, yellow, and oranges, but as the years passed and they were painted over in battleship grays using left over navy paint during World Wars I and II. It wasn’t until the 1960’s, when artist Butch Kardum began the trend of combining blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian San Francisco home. The trend caught on. Years later, in Chicago, competitions are held on a yearly basis for the Finest Painted Lady in Chicago.

Painted Ladies Lincoln Park, Oak Park & Hyde Park

Although the term “Painted Lady” has its origins in San Francisco, it is no wonder that many of the historic neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area house their very own gems and jewels of the like. Fortune Restoration has had the honor to have worked with various Painted Lady homeowners through their 36 years of business. Fortune can provide free estimates for your Painted Lady, from Evanston, Old Irving Park, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, and Hyde Park to anywhere in between.