Altoona’s Grand Victorian

Altoona Victorian

The hills of Altoona, Pennsylvania, population 45,796, were once dotted with modest- and not so modest- Victorian-era homes with a lot of bric-a-brac. I was once told that a lot of the bric-a-brac on San Francisco’s painted ladies came from Altoona (or had the same source, I don’t recall exactly, but imagine someone out there knows. Most of Altoona’s houses have had the decoration removed and are now covered with vinyl or aluminum siding. That’s unfortunate, but here and there a hint of a grander past reveals itself from around the corner.

I remembered this home from my youth and spotted it out of the corner of my eye when driving down 18th Street. It has since been painted pink (I recall blue or gray). I am happy to see it still exists and hasn’t been covered up.

If you are interested, it is also for sale.

Altoona Grand Victorian


About Eric Miller

Rick and I started this web magazine as The New Colonist back in 1999. I was in San Francisco, and he was in Los Angeles. We had a common interest in sustainability and city life. We're still at it. Today I am happy to have lived in both New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh and to now reside in Dallas. Find more at