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In addition to all of these decorative elements, the Victorians also painted their homes in colors that enhanced and complimented its design and its surroundings. Colors and tones taken from nature’s palette of plants and minerals were generally used. Colors such as brick and terra cotta reds, greens both deep and shades of olive, yellows in many tones of mustards and amber, and all types of earthy browns. Several of the homes on our tour, the Sherman-Gilbert, the Sheldon and the Britt Scripps, and the Temple Beth Israel show how period placement and color show the homes off to their greatest advantage.


When the past no longer illuminates the future, the


spirit walks in darkness. - Alexis de Tocqueville


The Victorian interior further shows how the aesthetics of design and decorative treatments were considered an art form. With the selection and balance of multiple patterns and use of a full palette of colors; mixing designs, patterns and textures, again taking clues from nature, a room would embrace the full array of shades, colors and variety found in the garden.


The gardens and landscapes surrounding the homes were also an integral piece of the picture. We invite you to linger a bit and enjoy the historic plantings and garden of the Long-Waterman home, stroll the verandah with a light refreshment and reflect upon the singular beauty of San Diego’s nineteenth century architectural heritage.


We are thankful that these great ladies still exist and that they can be appreciated some 100 years later. It is because of the private and public endeavors of the stewards who have opened their doors to you today that ensures they will be enjoyed for future generations to come.


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