Open House San Diego

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

With 47 curated sites throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill and Barrio Logan, we invite you to celebrate our beautiful city’s built environment on March 25 & 26.

Every building has a story.

  • Want to learn how amazing buildings are designed? More than a dozen architecture studios will share their design process.
  • Are you a fan of historic architecture? Some of San Diego’s most iconic buildings will reveal their rich histories.
  • Interested in the newest buildings on the San Diego skyline? We have tours of recently completed projects and hard-hat tours.
  • Want to experience an Orchid winner in person? Visit during Open House and learn why these sites won SDAF’s coveted award.

The details.

The participating sites are located in Downtown San Diego, Barrio Logan and new for 2017 – Bankers Hill. Most sites are open from 10am – 4pm, but some have limited hours. Most sites offer open access or self-guided tours. Some offer regularly scheduled guided tours on a first come, first served basis. Others require advance reservations. All are FREE!

Review the 47 sites along with their descriptions, images, addresses and opening hours. A souvenir printed event guide with a map and site descriptions is available at city library branches and at various other locations around town. The event guide is also available for pdf download. Sites requiring advance reservations are accepted NOW!

Take your camera for a walk!

Submit your best photos taken at any OH! San Diego site during the weekend of the event for a chance to win prizes! Prizes will be awarded in three categories – Interior, Exterior and Detail. You may enter a maximum of six images.

1st Prize in each category: $200 cash, plus $50 Warwick’s Gift Card.
2nd Prize in each category: $100 cash, plus $40 Warwick’s Gift Card.

Submissions must be taken on March 25 & 26, 2017 and feature a participating site. The deadline to submit photos is Sunday, April 2 at 11:59pm. Photos will be submitted to our Flickr Group for public viewing and judging. You will have to set up an account to submit your photos. Learn more.

Thanks to:
Photo competition organizer: David Harrison Photography
Prize sponsor and judge: Gerald Shonkwiler Photography
Prize sponsor: Warwick’s Books
Judges: Ron Miriello and Lloyd Russell, AIA

OH! Talks.

Broaden your OH! San Diego experience by attending talks given by architects, designers, planners and other experts during the weekend. No reservations required.

When | Saturday March 25
Where | The Auditorium at San Diego Central Library | 330 Park Blvd.

10:30 AM        VICTORIA THORNTON | Open House Worldwide Founder

11:00 AM        JAN HORN | Executive Director, Architectural Division, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
San Diego Residential Architecture, Then and Now.

11:30 AM        DIANE KANE, PhD | Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner
A Reduced History of San Diego in 10 Iconic Buildings.

1:30 PM        JIM DAWE | Chair of Californians for Literacy and Community Libraries

1:45 PM        ROB WELLINGTON QUIGLEY, FAIA | Architect of San Diego Central Library
How the Design of the Library Represents San Diego’s Past, Present and Future.

2:30 PM        HOWARD BLACKSON | Urban Designer
Cultivating a San Diego Vernacular.

When | Saturday March 25 ONLY & Sunday March 26 (CANCELLED)
Where | Carrier Johnson + CULTURE | 1301 Third Ave.

12:30 PM    CASEY MAHON | Designer
The Impacts of Technology on Architecture.

Get involved.

By volunteering on the day of the event, you will meet new people with similar interests, learn more about our city and will play a part in promoting great design in San Diego. Volunteer participation is vital to making Open House San Diego happen and is greatly appreciated. Click here to review a detailed “FAQ” that should answer any questions you have about volunteering on the day of the event. Then sign up by filling out the online form. There is still time to submit  your volunteer application by February 24th. An overview about OH! San Diego provides more information. Any questions, please email Volunteer participation is vital to making Open House San Diego happen and is greatly appreciated.


Thanks to our 2017 Title Sponsor!



  • Open House San Diego offers San Diegans an opportunity to better understand architectural design and history, while also exploring best practices for the future.

    Kris Michell
    President & CEO
    Downtown San Diego Partnership

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