Hi Everyone! Sarah at makecNc here again to give you some background history of our Wonderful HO Scale Painted Ladies. The “Painted Ladies” is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings in American Architecture that are painted in three or more colors that enhance or embellish their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses in a book called “Painted Ladies”. Now the term is used to describe groups of Victorian houses in other American Cities such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Missouri, the greater San Francisco and New Orleans aeas, Cincinnati, Ohio and New Jersey.

About 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco between 1849 and 1915 and many were painted in bright colors.

In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian house. Many criticized his house but other neighbors began to copy the bright colors on their own houses.

Kardum and many others began to transform dozens of gray houses into Painted Ladies. By the 1970s, the colorist movement, as it was called, had changed entire streets and neighborhoods. This process continues to this day. One of 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.”

We sell six HO Scale Painted Ladies here at makeCNC. The Lady Leona, The Sarah Lee, The Julie Ann, The Miss Daisy, The Lilac Lady and The Miss Ann.

Painted ladies Houses makecnc

These can be built at larger or smaller sizes for those who want to make Doll Houses and other types of miniatures. They are not 3D puzzles as they are patterns for scale models and do require some glue for assembly as well.

The finish will depend on the skill level of the maker.

Of course the Painted Lady Patterns come in our DXF Laser and Router Versions. The Laser Version comes in 1/2″, 1/4″, 1/8″ and 1/16″ and 1.5, 3, 6 and 12mm sizes. The Router Version comes in 1/2″, 1/4″ and 1/8″ and also 3, 6 and 12mm sizes.

Come to makeCNC and either type in Painted Ladies in the search box or browse store to building and houses. You’ll find the Painted Ladies there with Many other Exciting projects.

Thank you for shopping makeCNC!



The Julie Anne

1 The Julie Anne (Painted ladies one HO scale)


The Lady Leona

6 The Lady Leona (Painted ladies six HO scale)