Painted Lady’s SF home has benefit for injured illustrator Paul Madonna

George Horsfall has never met illustrator Paul Madonna, and he doesn’t know if Madonna ever drew Horsfall’s house, which turns out to be 712 Steiner St., the light blue Victorian Queen Anne, on the row of houses that both ogle known as Painted Ladies. from 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 accident, he began organizing a charity ride in his Painted Lady to help pay for the medical needs of Madonna. Without hesitation or prompting, he did it four days early to show how much the artist means to those who appreciate the visual aesthetic of San Francisco and the way Madonna captures it with simple elegance.

“Paul has the ability to draw something you’ve seen a million times and add something completely new that you’ve never seen before,” said Horsfall, whose family in San Francisco dates back to the gold rush. “He can take something that’s old and worn and make it completely his own. I consider it a treasure of the city”.

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

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