The South End Historic District is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California. The district encompasses the southernmost block of the Marina District, and it is known for its historic mansions. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.
The South End is bounded by Bay Street to the north, Steiner Street to the east, Scott Street to the south, and Lombard Street to the west. It contains many historically significant houses including “The Painted Lady” (1888) at 535 Lombard Street which is a Victorian-style house painted with over 2,000 square feet of murals on all four sides that were painted by John Langley Howard between 1894 and 1896. The murals are considered some of his finest works and are said to be among San Francisco’s most important works of art. Another historically significant house is “Alhambra” (1889) at 527 Steiner Street which was built for banker James Sloan Hutchinson as a wedding gift for his wife Mary Louise Hutchinson who was an artist and member of SF Women Artists (SFWA). It became known as one of San Francisco’s best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture.