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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.

GASLAMP

These 16 blocks with distinctive Victorian architecture are at the heart of historic Downtown. A lively mix of bars, restaurants and nightclubs alongside offices, hotels and residences provide for a vibrant 24/7 lifestyle. This compact and diverse neighborhood is a walkable urban playground and entertainment destination.

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34 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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SUN 10AM – 1PM / Self–guided tour

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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 & SUN 10PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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36 GASLAMP MUSEUM AT THE DAVIS–HORTON HOUSE – OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
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 & SUN 12PM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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37 GASLAMP ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR
900 Fourth Avenue

Professor at NewSchool of Architecture and former San Diego City Architect, Mike Stepner will bring to life the history and architecture of the Gaslamp quarter. Mike’s tour includes significant structures of the period including Old City Hall (1874) and the Baroque Revival Louis Bank of Commerce (1888).

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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 / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, 2015

Now a contemporary art gallery, this site was originally the historic Sterling Hardware Building. Over the years, it functioned as 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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SAT & SUN 11AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour

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39 THE HISTORIC SPRECKELS THEATRE
121 Broadway
Harrison Albright, 1912

At 106 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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40 ROESLING NAKAMURA TERADA ARCHITECTS
363 Fifth Avenue, Suite 202
Built 1888

The historic Brunswig Drug Company building is home to this contemporary architectural firm. Originally built as a two-story warehouse, a third story was added during renovations following a devastating fire. Though remodeled, the interior still features original exposed brick and structural elements.

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SAT 1PM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

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