Painted Ladies is a term used for Victorian houses and buildings painted in three or more colours which pointed out their architectural details. From 1850 to 1900 48,000 houses in that Victorian styles were built but most of them were destroyed 1906 because of an earthquake. The term Painted Ladies was first used by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in 1978. The best known group of Painted Ladies is at 712-720 Steiner Street bordering Alamo Square Park in San Francisco. The houses were built between 1892 and 1896 by Matthew Kavanaugh.