"Canal and Tent Houses, Venice, California"
These rather cookie-cutter dwellings have been called many names. In Venice, California they were called "tent houses". It's hard to tell if they were actually tents the size of houses, or if they were simply compared to tents because they looked so much like them. The area in the postcard image was along the Grand Canal (now called Grand Boulevard as it is a street today), and I understand that these dwellings were thrown up in the early days of Venice, California to accommodate visitors before there were enough hotel rooms to handle all of them.
Notice a trend with the gondola?
Yes, she has red hull sides and tan decks.
There are so many postcards with similar colors on the gondolas.