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.

Open House San Diego 2018 will take place March 24 & 25 at specially curated sites throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan and new for 2018, Point Loma. We invite you to celebrate our beautiful city’s built environment!

Learn more about your 2018 Sites. Start making your weekend plans!


The details.

The participating sites are located in Downtown San Diego, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan and new for 2018 – Point Loma. 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. Some require advance reservations. All are FREE!

Start your day at an OH! San Diego hub in each neighborhood to check in and receive your collectible passport which volunteers will stamp at each site you visit.

Neighborhood Hubs are open 10am – 4pm both days.
Balboa Park | Site 2 | Mingei International Museum
Bankers Hill | Site 11 | Parq West
Downtown | Site 19 | Santa Fe Train Depot
Gaslamp | Site 39 | Horton Plaza Park
East Village | Site 52 | San Diego Central Library
Barrio Logan | Site 64 | Bread & Salt
Point Loma | Site 68 | Point Loma Assembly
Point Loma | Site 77 | ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station | Dick Laub NTC Command Center

Review the 84 sites are participating in the 2018 Open House San Diego weekend. The 2018 souvenir event guide with a map and site descriptions is available as a pdf download here. Copies of the guide can be picked up, free of charge, at City of San Diego Libraries and participating sites after March 16. Copies will also be available at the OH! San Diego hubs on the day of the event for a small donation of $3.00. Your donation helps to keep this event free to all!

Every building has a story.

  • Want to learn how amazing buildings are designed? Dozens of 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 sneak peeks at proposed ones.
  • Want to experience an Orchid winner in person? Visit during Open House and learn why these sites won SDAF’s coveted award.

Share your photos.

You are encouraged to take photos at the sites you visit and share them with us via social media using #OHSanDiego2018. We are also hosting our popular photography competition for the second year. Last year we received over 200 entries. Check out the 2017 winners. To enter the competition you will need to submit your photos to our Flickr group.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Exterior, Interior and Detail. First place in each category will receive a $100 cash prize and a Nelson Photo gift card for $75; Second place receives a $50 cash prize and Nelson Photo gift card for $25. Monetary awards sponsored by Gerald Shonkwiler Photography. Thanks to contest organizer David Harrison of Harrison Photo.

Photos must be taken on the weekend of March 24 & 25 and must be submitted by April 1 at 11.59pm

Learn more about contest rules and submission requirements here.

Thanks to our 2018 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
    Chief Operating Officer
    City of San Diego

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