In order: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, on the Fifth Avenue front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oakland.
A close relative of Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) shares the Parthenocissus habit of erupting in bright colors in the fall. These vines were growing on the stone wall along the railroad at the back of the South Side.
From the blocked-up Gothic windows and general shape, we can infer that this was a small church. But at some point not very recently it was converted to four tiny alley houses, made only slightly less tiny by the addition of what are probably kitchens on the back.
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) in its autumnal red.
Both could use a little spiffing up, but they are fine examples of the Victorian commercial architecture for which Carson Street is famous.