Painted Lady home in SF holds benefit for injured illustrator Paul Madonna

George Horsfall has never met illustrator Paul Madonna, and does not know if Madonna has ever drawn Horsfall’s home, which happens to be 712 Steiner St., the light blue Queen Anne Victorian, in the row of much-ogled homes known as the Painted Ladies. of Alamo Square.

But as soon as Horsfall heard that Madonna was in the intensive care ward at San Francisco General Hospital with internal injuries after a horrific head-on car wreck, he began organizing a benefit house tour at his Painted Lady to help pay for Madonna’s medical needs. Without hesitation or prompting, he did it on four days’ notice to show how much the artist means to those who appreciate the visual aesthetic of San Francisco, and the way that Madonna captures it with simple elegance.

“Paul has the ability to draw something you’ve seen a million times and add something completely fresh that you’ve never seen before,” said Horsfall, whose family in San Francisco dates to the Gold Rush. “He can take something that is old and tired and make it completely his own. I consider him a treasure of the city.

Horsfall’s house is a treasure, too. Built in 1894, it is the most intact of the seven houses on the Painted Ladies row, and he gives a tour at 4 pm every day to all those who gather in front.

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