Program

OPEN HOUSE 2018
Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment
One weekend. Free access. Iconic architecture. The doors are open for you to explore.

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BALBOA PARK

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1 TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park
John Mock, 1965

This iconic building is considered to be one of the most important examples of mid-century southern California modernism and the International Style in the United States. Constructed of travertine, bronze and glass, the museum is known for the quality of the natural light illuminating its six intimately scaled galleries. In contrast to other Balboa Park structures, this building embraces the park beyond its walls by creating a light and airy ‘see-through’ museum that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self-guided tour
Guided tour SAT at 10AM, 11AM & 12PM

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2 MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
1439 El Prado, Balboa Park
Carleton Monroe Winslow, 1915 / David Rinehart, 1996 / Luce et Studio, 2018

Originally built as the House of Charm for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the mission style building with its large bell towers, has been home to the Mingei since 1996. The museum focuses on the art and beauty of everyday objects from cultures around the world. Currently embarking on a major transformation of its facility, visitors will explore the building and exhibitions along with plans and renderings of the exciting transformation.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour
Architect Jennifer Luce Talk SAT at 12PM

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3 SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
William Templeton Johnson, 1925 / Robert Mosher, 1966

SDMA is the largest and oldest art museum in the region. Local business and civic leader, Appleton S. Bridges, funded the construction. The building was inspired by sixteenth-century Spanish Renaissance buildings in the plateresque style, which means ‘in the manner of a silversmith’. Forty years later, the west wing was completed and features the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden and the library, which holds more than 30,000 volumes spanning centuries and topics.

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Guided archive/library tour SAT & SUN at 11AM & 2PM, meet at Border Crossing sculpture at west side of Plaza de Panama / Reservation required / SATURDAY TOURS / SUNDAY TOURS
Guided architecture tour SAT & SUN at 12PM & 1PM, meet at The Watchers sculpture at west side of Plaza de Panama / Reservation required / SATURDAY TOURS / SUNDAY TOURS

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4 SPANISH VILLAGE ART CENTER
1770 Village Place, Balboa Park
Richard Requa, 1935

These quaint buildings and courtyards were originally built as gift shops and restaurants for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, inspired by charming villages in Spain. Two years later, a group of artists reopened Spanish Village as an art destination, only to lose it to U.S. Army barracks during World War II. In 1947, the artists reclaimed and restored the Village, which today continues to be a thriving community of over 200 independently juried local artists.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour / Meet at kiosk at entry

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5 THE PALISADES
2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

The Palisades area, developed for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition and featuring art deco themes, is anchored by the Ford Building, now the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The area has long been neglected in comparison to other areas of the park and an effort has been launched to restore its original charm and revitalize this area. Learn more from dedicated volunteers about upcoming projects, including the Comic Con Museum in the Federal Building, restoration of four murals on the façade of the Automotive Museum and the restoration of the Starlight Bowl outdoor performance space.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour, start outside the Automotive Museum

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BANKERS HILL

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6 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SAN DIEGO
320 Date St.
Robert H. Orr, 1913

Located in the heart of the city, on the hill overlooking downtown, this majestic sanctuary features ornate wood trusses and 25–foot tall stained glass windows. The Casavant–Freres Organ boasts 101 ranks with over 5,000 pipes. Perhaps, you’ll get to hear a sample of its uplifting music when you visit.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

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7 ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL
2728 Sixth Avenue
Philip H. Frohman, 1928–1951

The cathedral, designed by the prestigious architect of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., features elements of both Gothic and Romanesque architecture. The arduous process of designing and constructing this monumental cathedral took over twenty years, delayed by the Great Depression and conflicts with the architect. The cathedral’s organ is a historical instrument that encompasses part of the first organ in San Diego, built in 1887 and was fully restored in 2012.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour with guided tour every 30 min

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8 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
2450 Second Ave.
Irving Gill, 1910 / Renovation, 1998

This masterwork has all the architectural hallmarks of Irving Gill on a grand civic scale – the rhythmic series of arches, the unadorned white stucco and the simple cubist massing. Upon completion, the mayor at the time was so impressed, he included it on his list of ‘must–sees’ for visiting dignitaries. After a misdirected 1950’s remodel, the church underwent a full building restoration to return the building to its original glory.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self-guided tour
NOTE – GUIDED TOURS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

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9 RJC ARCHITECTS
320 Laurel Street

This modest commercial building that incorporates elements of the streamline moderne architectural style, has housed many noted architectural firms throughout its 40+ years. Since 2003 it has been home to RJC Architects, a leader in civic architecture. Features include high volume ceilings and custom workstations designed and fabricated by Paul Basile of Basile Studio.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self-guided tour

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10 THE ABBEY ON FIFTH AVENUE
2825 Fifth Avenue
Norman Foote Marsh, 1910

Originally built as a Methodist Episcopal Church, this masterful example of Classical Revival architecture functions as an elegant special events venue. The interior features enormous stained–glass skylights, and a dozen stained–glass windows surrounded by intricate woodwork. When you’re outside, take a look up to see the exquisite gold–leaf statue of Gabriel blowing his horn atop the building.

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SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self-guided tour

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11 PARQ WEST – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
2557 Third Avenue
Frank L. Hope, 1940

This Colonial-style clubhouse was built to serve the San Diego Women’s Club, which has a mission of community philanthropy and ‘endeavors for civic betterment’. The clubhouse served the Women’s Club for over 70 years before being modernized and becoming an event venue in 2017. The building maintains its classic charm with features such as a 20-foot high arched ceiling, original wood flooring and French doors leading out to the fountain patio.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

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12 HAWTHORN HISTORIC INN
2121 First Avenue
Henry Neale & R.A. Graham, 1900

One of the few remaining large, wood framed turn-of-the-century inns, the former ‘working man’s’ hotel still provides lodging today. The building’s exterior with double gambrel roof and two-story colonnade remains unchanged since its completion. Interior features such as the lightwell, hallways and redwood stairs and banisters also retain the no-frills character of the original details.

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SAT 10AM – 1PM / SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self-guided tour

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13 DGA PLANNING
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 115
Freeland & Bird, 1965 / Renovation DGA, 2016

Located at street-level within the renowned Mister A’s building, this architectural office space respects the bones of this iconic mid-century building. The open floor plan, glass partitions, light-filled interior and blonde wood complement the all-concrete structure, creating a bright and airy interior. A glass storefront connects the office with the community, while an expansive four-story skylight beams into the heart of the office.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

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14 THE LOUIE
2870 Fourth Avenue
Lloyd Russell, 2017

This 4 story, 49-unit residential building offers a variety of residences based on their location and orientation within the ‘L’ shaped property. There are two-story lofts, studios and 1 and 2-bedroom flats—all with generous decks and patios—that embrace San Diego’s climate. Combed stucco, vertical rough-hewn siding and textured concrete are some of the materials and detailing that contribute to the ‘handmade modernism’ aesthetic.

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Guided tours only at 11AM and 12PM SAT & SUN
Architect-led guided tour SAT 10AM / Reservation required

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15 OHR SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
2512 Third Avenue
William H. Wheeler, 1925 / Rennovation Zagrodnik and Thomas, 2010

With its dominant Moorish-style dome suspended high above an octagonal sanctuary embellished with Middle Eastern decorative motifs, the Synagogue (formerly Congregation Beth Israel) is one of the foremost examples of Mediterranean Revival, an architectural style that caught momentum around the mid-1920s. The recent restoration has brought new life to the building and its vibrant congregation that offers a rich cultural blend of Conservative Judaism and a diverse international flavor.

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SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tours and guided tours on the hour (last guided tour at 3PM)

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16 GRUENBERG LAW OFFICES
2155 First Avenue
Davis and Davis, 2014

This site juxtaposes a historic Bankers Hill Victorian and a modern award-winning glass and concrete building at its rear. Both buildings speak harmoniously to one another through their siting, roof line and color palette. The design of the new building creates an open, light-filled work environment with strong visual and physical connections between inside and out, including views to the tranquil koi pond. Many passive and active sustainable features, such as operable shutters to control the strong western sun, put this building on a path towards net zero energy status.

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SAT 1PM – 4PM / Self-guided tours

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17 THE BARCELONA
326 Juniper Street
Eugene Hoffman, 1921

Now nearly a century old, The Barcelona was originally constructed as a full–service apartment–hotel, complete with a solarium, ballroom, restaurant and golf course. In its heyday, tourism directories listed it as the ‘Finest in the West’. Today, it provides residents with modern systems and amenities, while maintaining its rich history and decorative details of Spanish Colonial architecture. Ride the historic elevator to the roof deck for panoramic views.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self-guided tour

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DOWNTOWN

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18 WEWORK B STREET
600 B Street, Suite 300

The nation’s largest co-working landlord opened this unique co-working space in 2016, blending the vibe of a beachside city with the bustle of an urban center. Southern California’s largest WeWork space, it boasts six sun-filled floors of hip office space and conference rooms in a modern high-rise, including a large members-only private terrace. Can you find the Ron Burgundy statue?

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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19 SANTA FE TRAIN DEPOT – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
1050 Kettner Boulevard
Bakewell & Brown, 1915

Construction of this civic landmark marked a great era for San Diego. It was completed just in time to serve as an impressive point–of–entry for visitors flocking to the Panama–California Exposition. A century later, travelers still marvel at its magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival architecture featuring a grand arch and colorful tiled domes.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour
Architect-led tour SUN every 30 min from 12PM – 2:30PM

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20 HERB AND WOOD
2210 Kettner Boulevard
Christopher Puffer, 2014

Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and his team transformed this former warehouse building into an elegant eatery. The space is open and airy and layered with many design details in the lighting, artwork and furniture. The designers mixed styles and genres to create a study in contrasts – with both masculine/feminine touches and industrial/decorative flourishes. The grand central bar evokes a sense of grandeur and elegance beneath the high, barrel-vaulted roof and bustles with metropolitan energy.

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SAT & SUN 12PM – 3PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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21 SDSU DOWNTOWN GALLERY AT ELECTRA
725 W. Broadway
E. Hoffman, 1911 / W. T. Johnson, 1928 / Rehabilitation, 2008

The gallery is part of the Electra residential development, which was constructed in and around the historic power station B, originally built by John D. Spreckels for the San Diego Electric Railway. Expanded several times over its power–generating lifetime, the architecture includes classical motifs such as rounded arches and an ornamental frieze in the Spanish Revival style. Distinctive details such as the original 1911 pediment and impressive wooden doors remain.

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SUN 11AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour
Guided tour at 12PM & 2PM

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22 AMICI HOUSE
250 W. Date Street

An example of a typical home found in San Diego’s Little Italy during the 1920s, this partially renovated craftsman-style home was recently transformed into Little Italy’s Italian American cultural and heritage center. Visitors learn about the history of Little Italy and participate in cultural programs and events in a convivial atmosphere–after all, ‘Amici’ means ‘friends’ in Italian.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

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23 PATH CONNECTIONS HOUSING
1250 Sixth Avenue, Suite 150
William H. Wheeler, 1928

This historic 14-story building was originally the San Diego Athletic Club, which operated for over four decades as a social and athletic facility and was later converted to offices. The architectural features remain of the Art Deco, ziggurat-styled building, which has been restored and re-purposed to provide interim and permanent supportive housing to help homeless people off the streets. Several agencies and support services, including a health clinic, are brought together under one roof to meet the many needs of their recently homeless residents.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour / Use entrance on A Street

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24 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS SAN DIEGO
233 A Street, Suite 200
Frank Stevenson, 1927

The offices of this professional organization are housed in this 14–story historic high–rise. An elegant neoclassical design, this reinforced concrete structure is clad in granite and brick with decorative facade details and a clearly defined base, middle and top. The interior features a marble lobby floor and staircase and a restored coffered ceiling.

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SAT & SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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25 MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO
1492 N. Harbor Drive

This world-class collection of historic vessels captures the essence of San Diego’s maritime culture dating back to the first steamship line between San Francisco and San Diego in 1850. San Diego’s harbor was the envy of the west due to its calm waters and wide channel. The Museum restores, maintains and operates historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India, built in 1863. The museum’s 11 vessels include a B-39 Submarine, the USS Dolphin (the deepest diving submarine in the world), Steam Ferry Berkeley, and the recently-launched San Salvador.

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SUN 1PM – 4PM / Reservation required for access at 1PM, 2PM & 3PM / Meet at information booth
NOTE – EVENT GUIDE INCORRECTLY LISTS SATURDAY

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26 LIND BLOCK
1502 India Street

Jonathan Segal, Lloyd Russell, Ted Smith, Kathleen McCormick, Rob Quigley, James Brown and Robin Brisebois, 1996-2000

This groundbreaking project, covering an entire city block, was built incrementally through a collaboration of three developers and seven architects – a sharp contrast to the ‘one-block/one-developer/one-architect’ approach typical of redevelopment in downtown San Diego. With a wide variety of dwelling unit types – both for rent and for sale – combined with commercial office, retail, restaurants, and a historic renovation, the project integrates successfully into the neighborhood fabric.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 1PM / Architect-led guided tour at 10AM, 11AM & 12PM / Reservation required / SATURDAY TOURS / SUNDAY TOURS / Meet at Harbor Breakfast.

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27 SAN DIEGO LAW LIBRARY
1105 Front Street
George Lykos, 1958

When it was built in 1958, the county’s public law library was a state-of-the-art resource for people needing legal assistance. Over 50 years later, the building was completely renovated to bring back its original clean sight lines and mid-century modern design aesthetic. The building boasts an iconic floating staircase, black Escondido granite facings, floor-to-ceiling west-facing windows, white Carrara marble floors, a buried peek-a-boo time capsule, and one-of-a-kind spaces including a permanent hand painted labyrinth and a Hogwarts-inspired lounge.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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28 DOWNTOWN WORKS
550 W. B Street

This premium co-working space bridges the gap between a focused corporate environment and a modern space that inspires entrepreneurial creativity. The high volume space with bold graphic accents houses open plan desks, meeting rooms and lounges, designed to encourage interaction and collaboration.

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SAT 11AM – 1PM / Guided tour every 30 min / Reservation required

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29 JOHN RHOADES FEDERAL JUDICIAL CENTER WALKING TOUR
330 W. Broadway
George Lykos, 1958

Tour the buildings and public art at the center of San Diego’s judicial system. The locations range from the historically designated, 1913 Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse to the Richard Meier designed James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep Courthouse, which opened in 2013. Its elegant 16-story white tower with an ultra-thin profile, was designed to provide daylight to all interior spaces, including the courtrooms.

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SUN at 11AM & 1PM / Guided tour only / Reservation required

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30 WATERFRONT PARK
250 W. Date Street
Schmidt Design Group, 2014

This award-winning project converted eight-acres of parking lots north and south of the historic County Administration Center into a 12-acre community and regional park that includes play areas for children, intimate gardens, an interactive fountain, and expansive civic meeting spaces for special events and festivals for over one million visitors per year. The tour will include a behind the scenes tour of the large underground vault under the park, which houses the central utilities plant for the administrative center, as well as impressive filtering and pumps systems for the 830-foot fountain.

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SUN at 2:30PM / Guided tour / Reservation required

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GASLAMP

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31 THE US GRANT HOTEL
326 Broadway
Harrison Albright, 1910 / Renovation, 2017

Built by the son of 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, this hotel is a treasured historic landmark. Designed to crown San Diego’s ‘City Beautiful’ movement, the architect combined several classical architectural styles and employed the use of steel and reinforced concrete as a fire and earthquake–proof frame. The regal surroundings highlight the hotel’s presidential legacy and the heritage of the current owners, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. The hotel’s rich history includes stays by 15 US presidents, Charles Lindbergh, and Albert Einstein.

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SAT 10AM – 2PM / Self–guided tour

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32 COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN
530 Broadway
William Templeton Johnson, 1928 / Renovation, 1999

Once home to the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, this building retains the grand character that distinguished it in its prime. Exquisite remnants of the former bank grace the interior and cohesively mix with the fresh, contemporary style of the hotel. Explore the soaring former banking hall with its dramatic coffered ceilings, arcades and medallions, all typical of the Romanesque revival style.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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33 THE KEATING HOTEL
432 F Street
The Reid Brothers, 1890

In its prime, this five–story Romanesque Revival style structure was one of the most prestigious office buildings in San Diego. It featured modern amenities such as spacious floor plans, steam heat, and a wire cage elevator (the first, and still longest–running, elevator in downtown San Diego). Today, the Keating serves as a design–centric boutique hotel with 35 loft–like rooms.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour

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34 THE NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
200 West Island Avenue
Rob W. Quigley, FAIA, 2008

Constructed of tilt–up concrete and glass with a striking solar panel saw-tooth roof, this dramatic building is one of the first ‘green’ museums in California; the main galleries feature a passive circulation system that pull bay breezes through the building. The tour will highlight various architectural features such as the 17–foot concrete entrance bridge, skylights that fill the 3–level space with daylight, and flexible spaces that expose the building’s structure and materials.

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SAT 4PM / Designer-led tour / Reservation required
NOTE – EVENT GUIDE INCORRECTLY LISTS THE TOUR AS LIMITED TO FAMILIES ONLY

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35 SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
404 Third Avenue
Louis Gill, 1927 / Joseph Wong, 1996

This Mission Revival style building served as the home of the Chinese Community Church of San Diego’s Chinatown for many decades. When it was slated for demolition in the 1990s, the community rallied together and saved the building. It was relocated to its current site and converted into a museum exploring San Diego’s rich Chinese history. Visitors may also enjoy the serene Chinese–style garden with its traditional entry gate, waterfall and koi pond.

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SAT 10:30AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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36 GASLAMP MUSEUM AT THE DAVIS–HORTON HOUSE
410 Island Avenue
Built 1850

The Davis–Horton House is the oldest building in downtown San Diego. Home to two of the founding fathers of modern San Diego, William Heath Davis and Alonzo Horton, this pre–fabricated saltbox house was originally shipped all the way from Portland, Maine. It was relocated to its current site in 1981 and restoration began, including electricity being installed for the first time in 1984. Today, the museum showcases San Diego’s early history and is thought to be haunted by a former resident.

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SAT 1PM – 4PM / SUN 12PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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37 GASLAMP ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR
900 Fourth Avenue

Former City Architect, Mike Stepner will open a window to San Diego’s past through the history, development and architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes architecturally significant structures of the period from Old City Hall (1874) to the Baroque Revival Louis Bank of Commerce (1888), along with fascinating stories of the characters that shaped San Diego.

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SUN at 1PM /  Reservation required / Meet at Broadway Fountain in Horton Plaza Park

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38 SPARKS GALLERY
530 Sixth Avenue
Built 1924 / Renovation Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, 2015

This contemporary art gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building, whose past also included a vaudeville theater, carriage repair shop and glass works. The brick and timber structure was thoughtfully re-purposed and modernized while remaining true to the vintage feel of the space. The original maple floorboards and brick walls were restored and a steel–framed mezzanine inspired by traditional exterior fire escapes was added.

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SUN 11AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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39 HORTON PLAZA PARK – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
900 Fourth Avenue
Irving Gill, 1910 / Walker Macy, 2016

The original park was one of San Diego’s most important public spaces in the early 20th Century, with the Irving Gill designed fountain, featuring an engraving ‘Broadway Fountain for the People’. Through a public-private partnership with Westfield, the city was able to restore the historic park and expand the site to include a world-class urban plaza, with amphitheater, retail kiosks and an interactive fountain, which has become a centerpiece for community events.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Open access
Designer-led tour SUN 11AM / Reservation required / Meet at Broadway Fountain

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40 SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE HEADQUARTERS
707 Broadway, Suite 1100
Design X, 2017

Located on the 11th floor of a downtown high-rise, San Diego Magazine’s headquarters are a vibrant tribute to the magazine’s long-standing history in our city. The office was remodeled in 2017 to create a more functional and inspiring workplace that represents the lively culture of the city. Unique design details include use of bold magazine-style graphics throughout the space, a living green wall, geometric lighting pendants, and a sepia-toned mural of old magazine covers.

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SAT 1PM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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41 THE HISTORIC SPRECKELS THEATRE
121 Broadway
Harrison Albright, 1912

At over 100 years old, this theater is the oldest in San Diego. Built by John D. Spreckels, with 1,915 seats to salute the Panama-California Exposition year, it was the largest theater of its kind west of New York City when it opened in 1912. Constructed of reinforced concrete with architectural terracotta cladding, the six-story building with influences of the ‘Chicago School’ is an early example of a mixed-use building – with offices surrounding the auditorium within. The Baroque style decorative architectural motifs are complemented by allegorical paintings by Emil Mazy and sculptures by Charles C. Christodoro. The prominent illuminated marquee calls out the main entry to the onyx clad lobby.

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SUN 10AM – 1PM / Guided tour every 30 min / Reservation required

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42 GENSLER
225 Broadway, Suite 100
Architects Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson, 1975 / Gensler, 2017

The former NBC newsroom at street level of the iconic 225 Broadway building was transformed into a creative and sustainable workplace for this San Diego outpost of the world’s largest architecture firm. To promote collaboration, Gensler removed a section of the second floor and inserted a grand, open staircase. Designers and guests meet informally on the upper landing’s lunch lounge and outdoor roof terrace. A cutting-edge passive natural ventilation system allows employees to enjoy fresh air and free cooling for up to 75% of the year.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour

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EAST VILLAGE

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43 NEWSCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
1249 F Street

The campus lies in the heart of the rapidly transforming East Village design district, where former industrial spaces are becoming creative studios, offices and residences – the ideal launching pad for future architects and designers. Innovation and creativity are on display throughout the school in its studios, digital fabrication lab and exhibition spaces.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour

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44 BASILE STUDIO
840 11th Avenue
Rod Starkey and Son, 1960

This utilitarian warehouse is home to Basile Studio, an award–winning design, build and fabrication firm specializing in the creation of innovative environments. Many of San Diego’s most unique and popular restaurants and bars have received the Basile ‘magic touch’, with exquisite and quirky details. Meet the designers and fabricators who make ideas come to life in this busy workshop.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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45 BNIM
797 J Street
BNIM, 2016

This uber–sustainable architecture firm’s workplace acts as a real–time laboratory to test principles in human–purposed integrated design (HP.ID) – how human needs can be met and enhanced through inspired design. The office is zoned for social gathering, events, and collaboration. Participating in a research project with the world–renowned Salk Institute, employees wear bracelets that sense the impact of daylight on their performance, vital signs and well–being.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM (CORRECTED) / Self–guided tour

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46 AVRP SKYPORT
703 16th Street, Suite 200

This visionary local design studio is located in the historic Snowflake Bakery building, which has been re-purposed as creative office space. The building’s brick façade, original painted sign and corner entry were restored based on historical photos and earned an SDAF Orchid Award for Historic Restoration. Visit and learn more about the office’s vision for the new Seaport Village.

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SAT & SUN 12PM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour

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47 E3 CIVIC HIGH
395 11th Avenue
LPA Inc., 2013

This is the first example of a high school within a library in the country. Its design complements the school’s mission to teach students to be innovators, problem solvers, and communicators and encourage civic engagement. With its movable glass walls, modular furniture, demonstration kitchen, and break–out learning spaces, e3 is well–equipped for its experiential, project based curriculum.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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48 SMARTS FARM
1326 Broadway
Established 2012

Formerly an unsightly vacant lot, the space has been transformed into a thriving urban community garden and education center where all ages may learn about the value of healthy lifestyles through growing and eating fresh organic produce.

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SAT 10AM – 2PM / Self–guided tour

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49 YOU & YOURS DISTILLING CO.
1495 G Street
Kate Lester Interiors, 2016

Visit California’s first urban destination distillery. The 2,300 square foot space is home to a chic tasting room as well as a state-of-the-art production distillery, complete with a custom copper still. The warehouse-style space includes exposed concrete complemented by textures of salvaged wood, whitewashed brick, plush velvet and copper and marble accents to create a fresh and unique gathering space.

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SAT & SUN 12PM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

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50 MAKERS QUARTER
Corner of 15th and E Street
Masterplan by BNIM

The overarching mission of this 6–block mixed use development is to cultivate a district overflowing with artistic endeavors and creative learning opportunities. Proposed buildings will be interspersed with pocket parks and activated by artists to create a strong sense of place. Several projects in the neighborhood are currently under construction including the transformation of The Coliseum, a historic boxing arena, to an entertainment venue. Attend a tour and learn more about the progress of creating this 21st century live–work–play neighborhood.

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SAT 10AM – 1PM / Self–guided tour

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51 BAKER NOWICKI DESIGN STUDIO
731 Ninth Avenue, Suite A
Built 1948, Renovation, 2015

This architectural firm is known for their cutting edge educational facilities and high sustainable design goals. They re-purposed this former Postal Service vehicle maintenance building, inserting a mezzanine for the primary studio spaces below the classic wooden bow trusses. By preserving the original volume, the space has an airy openness and a juxtaposition between the old and new elements. Its pea green exterior strikes a refreshing contrast to its neighbors.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 10 – 1PM Self–guided tour
NOTE – SUNDAY HOURS LISTED IN EVENT GUIDE ARE INCORRECT

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52 SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY @ JOAN & IRWIN JACOBS COMMON – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
330 Park Boulevard
Rob W. Quigley, FAIA and Tucker Sadler & Associates, 2013

Cutting a striking presence on the city skyline, the library’s iconic steel lattice dome is a fitting civic tribute to the 30–year effort and unprecedented philanthropy that brought the building to fruition. The 9–story concrete and glass structure encloses an impressive atrium with a grand arch and warm wood clad circulation spaces. Seamless indoor–outdoor transitions occur between the atrium, the street level courtyard and the auditorium via immense sliding glass doors. The library is topped off by the ‘people’s penthouse’ – the viewing terrace with a magnificent view of the city and the grand 3–story glass reading room.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour

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53 URBAN DISCOVERY ACADEMY
840 14th Street
AVRP Studios, 2015

This urban charter school’s vibrant color palette and energetic environmental graphics make it a neighborhood landmark. The state–of–the–art facility features 22 classrooms, including a library, studios for fine and performing arts, STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) and a rooftop physical education area with views of downtown.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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54 SEMPRA ENERGY HEADQUARTERS
488 Eighth Avenue
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, 2015

This 16-story office building with a sky blue glass façade and elegant lines is an iconic addition to the downtown skyline. Designed to maximize worker comfort and ‘share the light’, the LEED Gold certified, energy efficient building incorporates smart planning principles including raised floors, demountable walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that let in natural light and offer city and ballpark views to 90% of the employees. At street level, the building peels back to create an outdoor plaza and displays public art.

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SAT 12PM – 4PM / Guided tour at 12PM, 1PM, 2PM & 3PM / Reservations required

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55 NOONAN LANCE BOYER & BANACH LLP
701 Island Avenue, Suite 400
M. Trepte and Sons, 1925 / Studio E Architects & Ware Malcomb, 2015

This building began life as the Bledsoe Company warehouse. In 2015, the 4-story building was re-purposed as offices, honoring its industrial past while addressing contemporary workspace needs. The law offices occupy the entire top floor, in a creative office environment that leaves intact the historic wooden posts and beams, tongue and groove wood flooring, hollow brick walls and steel framed windows. The new materials complement the industrial loft feel with frameless glass partitions and exposed ductwork.

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SAT 10AM – 1PM / SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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56 LA ESQUINA
2222 Logan Avenue
Hector Perez, 2012

Breathing new life into a long–vacant corner lot, this contemporary mixed–use project is inhabited by a spirited community of designers, artists and academics. The double–height, naturally ventilated live–work spaces with mezzanines and adjacent patio decks, live a lot larger than their footprint. Colors and materials pay homage to Barrio Logan’s cultural history.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self–guided tour

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57 BASILE|IE + CM CURATORIAL
2070 Logan Avenue

This former Mexican grocery store has been re-purposed as side-by-side galleries dedicated to showcasing progressive contemporary art. The space is a collaboration between Paul Basile of Basile Studio, whose design of the space includes custom industrial steel & glass doors and artist/curator C. Martino, whose intimate, art-filled tiki room and patio is a unique feature.

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SAT & SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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58 BARRIO BARNS
910-912 South 29th Street
Ojay Pagano Architect, 2017

Designed and built as prototypes to test multiple living scenarios, these loft-like residences can function as a single-family dwelling, or be easily converted to multi-generational housing, student housing and co-housing. The industrial style of Barrio Barns draws from Barrio Logan’s ship yards and industrial warehouses.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Designer-led tour

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59 TECTURE
2001 Main Street

This progressive design studio is comprised of designers, craftsmen, artists, and builders who work to push the boundaries of design and fabrication. The Orchid-winning studio, housed in an 11,000 square foot warehouse complex in the heart of Barrio Logan’s Design District, includes a fabrication shop, allowing a direct dialogue between the design and fabrication of each piece.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self–guided tour

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60 CHICANO PARK
1949 Logan Avenue
Established 1970

Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding murals. Located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, the 90+ murals painted on the bridge’s flyover columns, ramps and retaining walls depict the social, political, cultural, and historical struggles of Chicanos/Mexicanos. In 1980, the San Diego Historical Resources Board added the park to the Historical Landmarks Registry, and, in 1997, it was listed on the California Register of Historical Resources. The park was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 23, 2013, and was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 23, 2016.

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SAT 10AM, 11:30AM & 1PM / SUN TOURS CANCELLED/ Guided tour

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61 WOODBURY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
2212 Main Street
Built 1946 / Rennovated Rinehart Herbst, 2007

This former industrial space is now furnished with classrooms, studios, a digital fabrication lab, metal and wood shops, and a library. Woodbury serves as a hub for many of the neighborhood’s planning, education and arts organizations.

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SAT & SUN 1PM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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62 MERCADO DEL BARRIO
1101 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway
Spurlock Landscape Architects and Safdie Rabines Architects, 2013

This mixed use development provides new public space for community activities and connects a series of plazas and green spaces from Chicano Park to Cesar Chavez Park along San Diego Bay. The LEED-certified project incorporates porous paving, a bioswale for stormwater collection and treatment, drought tolerant planting, and over 100 new shade trees to reduce urban heat island effect. The designers collaborated with regional and local artists to integrate new murals and mosaics with the existing murals at the adjacent Chicano Park.

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SUN 1PM / Designer-led tour / Reservation required

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63 LPA INC.
1600 National Avenue
Built 1935 / Renovation 2016

Originally built as a shoe factory, this LEED–Gold Certified space now houses this prominent design and engineering firm. Exposed structural elements reflect the industrial roots of the building. Skylights in the saw–tooth roof structure and outdoor courtyards flood the open work area with natural light.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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64 BREAD & SALT – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
1955 Julian Avenue
Established 1896 / Renovation, 2013

This experimental center for the arts has strong community ties. Several galleries, workspaces and the architect–owner’s studio now occupy this abandoned bakery building. The raw, industrial space is being transformed by the art and delicate design interventions such as an open–air central courtyard. Future plans include developing affordable live–work space for artists, perhaps within the 40–foot high floor silos.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM/ Self–guided tour

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65 ALL SOULS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1475 Catalina Boulevard
Robert Mosher, 1969

The sanctuary is a wonderful example of mid-century modern church architecture. Its hexagonal plan, sweeping protective roof, magnificent pipe organ, and finely crafted wood interior celebrates worship, community, art, and a kinship with nature. An exquisite stained glass window by renowned artist James Hubbell illuminates the space with magical, spiritual light. The church is currently embarking on a re-imagining of the campus to better serve the community.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour / Designer-led tour SAT at 11AM & 12PM

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66 THE THURSDAY CLUB
1224 Santa Barbara Street
Vernon Winthrop Houghton, 1927

This Spanish style clubhouse sits on a half-acre of stunning ocean view property. The clubhouse was custom built for The Thursday Club, a philanthropic Women’s club founded in 1921. Inside are original, beautifully maintained hardwood floors, French doors, stained glass windows, and historic details in the chandeliers, crown moldings and finishes. Outside is a wonderland of pristine gardens with a flowing fountain, green arbors, trellises, and winding paths.

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SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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67 POINT LOMA HERVEY BRANCH LIBRARY
3701 Voltaire Street
Conwell Shonkwiler & Associates, 2003

The library’s design follows a nautical theme, with its faux ship’s hull, wave-like roof form and a periscope that allows patrons to view the surrounding community from within the building. At night, up-lighting makes it glow, creating a beacon for the neighborhood reminiscent of the region’s most notable landmark, the Point Loma Lighthouse.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 12:30PM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min

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68 POINT LOMA ASSEMBLY – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
3035 Talbot Street
B.J. Stannard, 1915

In 1911, a group of Point Loma ladies wanted to create a local improvement society, and needed a building where they could hold meetings and offer the space for other functions. The building soon served as a meeting place for a variety of purposes including church services, civic meetings and dances—and, during WWI and WWII—was used as a Red Cross Distribution Center. The Assembly has been updated with modern improvements to serve as a comfortable venue for art exhibitions, plays, meetings and social functions.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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69 POINT LOMA LIVING ROOM
1018 Rosecrans Street
Unknown, 1886

The Jennings House, as it was previously named, was a home built by Sheriff Frank Jennings and his wife, Inez. The home also included a single-cell jail for the small Point Loma Community – not a far trek for Sheriff Jennings! The simple frame house has been maintained as a local gathering place and coffeehouse for over 20 years. The architecture is complemented by period photography throughout, capturing Point Loma in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Crown molding, glass doorknobs and vintage furnishings add the finishing touches.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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70 POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
3900 Lomaland Drive
Multiple Architects

Before serving as the Point Loma Nazarene University campus, this site was the location of a Theosophical commune run by Katherine Tingley, known as ‘Lomaland’. The campus on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in the U.S. Its mix of architectural styles include historic buildings from the Theosophical era, the first Greek Theater in the U.S., mid-century classics by campus architect Richard Lareau and innovative, energy efficient, modern masterpieces. Visit the campus and explore the buildings below among many others.

MIERAS HALL
1901
One of the most striking buildings remaining from the Theosophical Society era, it was once home to Albert G. Spalding, the sporting goods tycoon. The central octagonal-shaped room has a dome crowned with a six foot tall amethyst-colored glass bulb and decorative carved wooden elements throughout. The exterior features a covered porch and unique spiral staircase.

 

LATTER HALL & SATOR HALL
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, 2015
The 32,900-square-foot Science Center has iconic curved stainless-steel screens, laser cut with Alpha and Omega symbols. Ethereal sunlight floods into the building which contains teaching labs and lecture rooms. A rooftop terrace provides expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

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SAT  10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour
Guided tour at 11AM, 1PM & 2PM / Meet at Latter Hall & Sator Hall

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71 FIRE STATION 22 – CANCELED
1055 Catalina Boulevard
Nadel Architects, 2018

The new fire station replaces the existing 1942 station, which had become too small for modern fire-fighting equipment and crews. The new station has a double wide apparatus bay that accommodates two fire trucks, and spacious quarters for a fire captain and five crew members. The station design borrows architectural details from the old station, with clerestory windows that allow natural light and ventilation. Artist Roberto Delgado has been commissioned to create a four-panel mural that will chronicle the history of the Point Loma neighborhood and its firefighters.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min
SORRY – SITE HAS BEEN CANCELED

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72 LOMA THEATRE
3150 Rosecrans Place
S. Charles Lee, 1945

The single screen Loma Theatre, with its art-deco neon sign and marquee, free-standing box office, streamlined modern architecture and majestic ceiling murals, provided a unique viewing experience for movie-goers for many years. After the theater closed in 1988, it was purchased by Barnes & Noble, and is now a book store. Thankfully, much of the original architecture and the fabulous sign and marquee remain intact.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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73 PACIFIC RIM PARK
1407 Shelter Island Drive
James Hubbell, 1998

On the tip of Shelter Island, the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ sculpture and mosaic-clad fountain is the centerpiece of Pacific Rim Park, San Diego’s contribution to a series of parks around the Pacific Rim which celebrate shared friendship, cultural links and economic ties. Constructed by students from China, Mexico and Russia, along with artist James Hubbell, the park blends the rich artistic symbols and traditions of these countries.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Open Access / Architect on site SAT 10AM – 12PM

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74 TUNAMEN’S MEMORIAL
1718 Shelter Island Drive
Franco Vianello, 1988

This symbol of the courage and determination of the men of the tuna fleet that once operated in the Pacific from San Diego Bay represents fishermen of different ethnic backgrounds—Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Slavic—who worked side by side doing the dangerous work of pole and line fishing. The 9,000-pound, 21-feet high bronze sculpture was funded by the Portuguese Historical Center and others in the local fishing community.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Open Access / Volunteers on site SAT 10AM – 12PM

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75 PORTUGUESE HISTORICAL CENTER
2831 Avenida de Portugal

In 1977, the late Basilio Freitas and others founded this historic center to preserve the culture, heritage, language and folklore of the Portuguese community for future generations. The Center hosts a collection of genealogical information, photos and artifacts from the community’s rich history, and archives the many accomplishments of Portuguese leaders and organizations, both locally and worldwide. Members also maintain the Tunaman’s Memorial on Shelter Island.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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76 ST. AGNES CATHOLIC CHURCH
1140 Evergreen Street

The history of this church is tied to the Portuguese immigrants who first settled here in 1883 to work in the fishing industry. The church was originally built by men of the parish in 1908. In 1933, the crews from 15 boats each pledged 25 cents per ton of fish to build a new church, a Mediterranean-style structure with a bell tower containing an illuminated statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage, who guided the fishermen back to the bay. The church is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows imported from Ireland and many life size statues imported from Italy.

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SAT 12PM – 3PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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77 ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
2640 Historic Decatur Road

San Diego’s largest Arts & Cultural District is located in the historic buildings of the former Naval Training Center, where from 1923 to 1997, nearly two million young men—and eventually women—were trained. The Art’s District’s restored 45 buildings are home to nearly 145 tenants including museums, galleries, artist studios, dance companies and non-profit organizations that showcase San Diego’s creative community. The principal influence on the design of the original structures was architect Bertram G. Goodhue, who designed many buildings for the military, in addition to his work in Balboa Park for the 1915 exposition. Goodhue created a simplified Spanish Colonial Revival style with Pueblo influences that was very plain and unadorned and which was realized throughout NTC by the Navy Public Works Office. Buildings included in the guided tour include those listed below, among others.

BUILDING 175 / DOROTHEA LAUB DANCE PLACE
2650 Truxtun Road
Navy Public Works, 1941

This former Navy School building, where recruits learned how to make torpedoes, is now home to three of San Diego’s leading professional dance companies and schools.

 

 

BUILDING 200 / DICK LAUB NTC COMMAND CENTER
2640 Historic Decatur Road
Navy Public Works, 1942

This distinctive building with a pointed cupola above the vestibule lobby, is set back from the street within gardens and palm groves. The former mahogany paneled Commanders’ offices are now community meeting rooms. The hallways are lined with historic exhibits and art from current Art’s District artists.

 

BUILDING 208 / THE NORTH CHAPEL
2881 Roosevelt Road
Navy Public Works, 1942

Consistent with the other buildings, the Chapel has Spanish Colonial Revival features, but is the only building in the Historic District painted white. A signature stained glass window features a sailor looking out at sea with the motto, ‘For God and Country’. It’s been said that Henry Fonda was the model for the sailor. The Chapel is still used for services, memorials and special events.

BUILDING 35 / THE LUCE AUDITORIUM / THE LOT
2620 Truxtun Road
Navy Public Works, 1941 

Navy recruits saw training films here and enjoyed the latest Hollywood offerings, along with Point Loma residents. Bob Hope and other celebrities did radio broadcasts from its stage. It is fitting that the historic Art Deco building has been rehabilitated to serve as a modern cinema, complete with a new glass-enclosed cafe/ bar.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour / Start at Dick Laub NTC Command Center
Guided walking tours SAT & SUN at 11AM, 12PM & 2PM / Reservation required / SATURDAY TOURS / SUNDAY TOURS

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78 SCOUT @ QUARTERS D
2675 Rosecrans Street

In 2012, this former Point Loma Naval Base commander’s home opened to the public for the first time in 89 years as a 4,000 square feet home furnishing, gift and design store. Set in a one-acre garden within the former Naval Training Center, Scout @ Quarters D honors and respects NTC’s rich past and the lives of the commanders who lived there.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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79 THE ROCK CHURCH
2277 Rosecrans Street

This non-denominational, evangelical Christian megachurch occupies the site of the former Technical Training Center. The building houses the Rock Academy (grades K-12), office space, and a 3,500-seat sanctuary, making it one of the largest auditoriums in Southern California. The lobby features a skylight with exposed cross-shaped framing and large, glass walls at each end. In what is now the sanctuary, interior columns were eliminated from the main level using steel trusses cantilevering up to 42 feet from their supports.

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SUN 1PM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min / Engineer on site

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80 MONIKER COMMONS
2869 Historic Decatur Road
Moniker Design, 2017

This former manufacturing building in Liberty Station was transformed into a shared work space, exposing much of the original wood and steel beams and building custom furniture to fit the flow of the space. The designers incorporated re-purposed wood from a 1920’s downtown warehouse and used custom-poured color concrete tile to provide a highly functional and custom-made space.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour

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81 PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY LIBERTY STATION OFFICE
2850 Womble Road, Suite 102
Navy Public Works, 1922

Like the other buildings in Liberty Station, this former mess hall for Navy recruits is in the Spanish Colonial Revival style with Pueblo influences. The heavy stucco exterior walls are punctuated multi-paneled wood windows, providing a clerestory for daylight. Original murals still grace the walls of the mess hall turned realty office.

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SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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82 STONE BREWING WORLD BISTRO & GARDENS
2816 Historic Decatur Road
David Robinson Design, 2013

This former mess hall has been re-purposed as a brewery and restaurant, but hasn’t forgotten its roots. The main dining hall retains the original architecture with its tall, exposed wood ceilings and introduces an industrial and organic mix of metal, stone, concrete, and reclaimed wood. At over 20,000 square feet, the space features multiple dining areas and a 10-barrel brewery. Outside, the equally
expansive space is a lush garden area with water and fire features.

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SAT & SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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83 KMA ARCHITECTURE
2710 Historic Decatur Road
KMA Architecture, 2014

Located in the Historic Barracks 17, the firm, founded in 1973, designed the master plan and 380,000 square feet of office space at Liberty Station, which includes their current space. The open verandas that ran the length of original barracks were replaced with large windows that complement the office’s open design concept.

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SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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84 NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA
Intersection of Rosecrans & Strohe

Many historic buildings, built in the Colonial Revival style, remain on the base from between 1903 and 1910 when the army operated the site as Fort Rosecrans, named after General William S. Rosecrans, an 1842 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. A coast artillery battery on site remained active through World War I and II. In 1959 the base was turned over to the U.S. Navy, which today designated as Naval Submarine Base serving homeported submarines, visiting submarines, and submarine training commands.

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SAT AT 10AM (8:30AM TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED) / Guided tour for SDAF members only / Reservation required
Park outside base gate in parking lot at Rosecrans & Strohe / Transportation provided / Arrive 15 min early

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