OH! San Diego Opens the Door to Beautiful Design

As a child, Nikki Kreibich liked to drive around and look at architecture with her dad. As an adult, she still makes the drives.

“I’ve been taking them my whole life,” Kreibich says.

The drives are rooted in her passion for architecture. After all, Kreibich’s not-so-distant ancestor was a San Diego founding father, and she has family roots in the Normal School designed by famed architect Irving Gill.

Volunteering for OH! San Diego for the past three years has allowed Kreibich, an expert in historic and architecturally significant properties, to breathe new life into her architectural passion.

OH! San Diego, short for Open House, strives to put San Diego on the map of cities renowned for their architecture and design. In the five years of its existence, the showcase has shown that it’s serious about that goal.

This year’s event, featuring 93 participating sites, takes place this weekend (March 6-8) in nine San Diego neighborhoods, from Point Loma and La Jolla to the Gaslamp and Coronado.

“I love it, because it opens buildings to the public that they wouldn’t have a chance to see otherwise,” says Kreibich, a real estate agent at Whissel Realty Group. “Working with the public, seeing their joy and excitement, you can sense that Open House exposes them to something new. As they come from all over to explore these buildings, their excitement is palpable.”

That’s because OH! San Diego shows visitors and residents a new side of the city, one that drives their appreciation for beauty and creative vision. “People don’t realize that a neighborhood like Bankers Hill has these jewels,” says Kreibich, who has volunteered there as part of OH! for three years.

“Definitely my passion is Bankers Hill,” she says. “Other neighborhoods are more geared toward tourists. But visitors aren’t necessarily aware of the history of the buildings in Bankers Hill, so I get to see how OH! weekend really educates and inspires people about architecture.”

OH’s penchant for educating and inspiring is one of its calling cards. Want to see how flawless design influences you? Get out this weekend and see what OH! San Diego has in store. You won’t regret it.

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