Our great grandparents may have been morally buttoned up but architecturally they went wild. Their baroque tastes are still extensively in evidence on the west side of Alameda, in roughly eight blocks around Grand and St. Charles Streets known as the Gold Coast.

A couple of favorites are the pastry-like Victorian at 1031 San Antonio and the topiary encircled mansion at 1325 Dayton. There are dozens more, all privately owned. But the Meyers House Museum at 2021 Alameda is open to the public. Check at alamedamuseum.org for details.

Interspersed among the ardently restored residences and gardens are Wright-like cottages from the early 20th century.

A map is helpful but it’s even nicer just to go and get lost in block after block of giddy Victoriana.

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