OH! San Diego 2019
Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment
One weekend. Free access. Iconic architecture. The doors are open for you to explore.


Dating back to the 19th century, Barrio Logan, recognized as Logan Heights, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, with a long history honoring its working-class Chicano/Mexican- American community and culture. During the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 5 and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge dissected the community. Residents, refusing to be displaced, creatively adapted to City-imposed industrial rezoning, which has contributed to the area’s unique mixed-use land pattern.


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.

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


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 and glass doors and artist/curator C. Martino, whose intimate, art-filled tiki room and patio is a unique feature.

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


2212 Main Street
Built 1946 / Rinehart Herbst, 2007

Classrooms, studios, a digital fabrication lab, metal and wood shops, and a library all fit within this former industrial space. Woodbury also serves as a hub for many of the neighborhood’s planning, education and arts organizations.

SAT & SUN 1PM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min (last tour at 3:30pm)


1101 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway
Safdie Rabines Architects and Spurlock Landscape Architects, 2013

Within this mixed-use development is new public space for community activities. It links a series of plazas and green spaces from Chicano Park to Cesar Chavez Park along the San Diego Bay. A LEED-certified project, it incorporates porous paving, a bioswale for stormwater collection and treatment, drought tolerant planting, and over 100 new shade trees for reducing 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.

SUN 1PM / Designer-led tour / Reservation required


1600 National Avenue
Built 1935 / LPA, 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.

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


1955 Julian Avenue
Established 1896 / Public Architecture, 2013

This experimental center for the arts has strong community ties. Several galleries, work spaces 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.

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


2001 Main Street (Enter via Bread & Salt)

A satellite location of La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, the Art Center encompasses two galleries, a print studio, an art studio, and a multipurpose event space. On display in the main gallery, Perros y Abstractos by Alvaro Blancarte Osuna. The artist draws inspiration from literature, the mythologies of the Kumiai culture and the Baja California landscape in his large-scale canvases and murals.

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


1975 Julian Ave (inside WEKAAD studios)

Art-Hell is a state-of-the-art glassblowing studio. Meet owner and artist, Kathleen Mitchell, who has been blowing glass since 1984 and has traveled and studied with renown masters around the world.

SAT & SUN 11AM – 3PM / Glass blowing demonstrations


2632 National Avenue

The offices of developer LWP Group are true to their mission of creating experience driven concepts and reinvigorating spaces. By incorporating a gallery, event space and a rental unit, they achieve an eclectic urban mix that is reflected in the innovative street art and unconventional use of materials. The open courtyard is flanked by shipping containers used as meeting rooms and boasts car tire and packing crate planters, a quirky fire pit made from mechanical components and an awning made from plastic water bottles.

SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour


1660 Logan Avenue, Suite A
Built, 1966 / Jonathan Segal and Ron Miriello, 2007 

The building began its life as a marine supply warehouse. Over 50 years later, the former warehouse was completely renovated as The Logan. Architects raised the ceiling height, creating an open space intended to maximize natural light, and providing a simple, smart and inspirational interior plan that is perfect for the creative office and furniture showroom it is used for today. The Logan is a welcoming beacon to those entering Barrio Logan.

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


2001 Main Street, Suite A

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.

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


1925 K Street
Comstock and Trotsche, 1887

This Queen Anne Victorian “Palace of the Arts” was home to pianist and spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Its many distinctive features include varied roof towers and cupolas, an eccentric facade with many shingle patterns, and stained glass windows that reflect the owner’s interest in arts, music and literature. The interior of the home is equally detailed with ornate wood paneled walls and ceilings and five fireplaces with tile surrounds.

SAT 9AM – 12PM / Guided tour every 30 min / Reservation required*

*Put “Villa” in the search box to locate the 7 tours from 9:00 – noon.
Create a free account. Add any family or friends to your account that will go with you.
Click on the tour time that you want.
Before you “check out” (it’s totally free), add any other family or friends that you put on your account.
“Check Out” and an email confirming your tour time will be sent to you.
On March 23 bring this email with you when you check in at the city booth in the museum’s back yard.


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.

SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour / Guided tour at 12PM, 1:30PM & 3PM


2205 East Belt
Comstock and Trotsche, 1887

This Master Ship Repair site is located on the U.S. Navy’s largest Pacific port, encompassing 15 acres of land and over 24 acres of water on the San Diego Bay. Here, U.S. Navy ships and commercial vessels are modernized, overhauled, and repaired pier-side, or within a huge floating dry dock. The company is actively committed to environmental sustainability, championing recycling programs, limiting the use of potable water to clean dry docks, and protecting and preserving biodiversity in the San Diego Bay. Tour the facility by bus with an on-board expert.

SAT 11AM & 12PM bus tour / Reservation required /
Proof of US Citizenship required (passport or birth certificate) /
Meet at Woodbury University (2212 Main Street) 20 minutes before tour, to board bus


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