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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.

Our 4th Edition of OH! San Diego 2019 is a wrap! Thank you!

Thank you to our almost 100 site hosts for opening their doors, to our 300+ volunteers, to our dedicated committee, to our sponsors and to the visitors! In whatever way you participated, thank you! We hope you saw new places in San Diego, learned something new about our city, met some great people and enjoyed exploring our wonderful neighborhoods! Please help us to learn from your experiences by completing our visitor survey. Your responses will help us continue to improve and grow the program.

Photo Contest | Please submit photos taken at the participating sites during the weekend to our juried photo competition to win prizes. Check out the submission details and prizes here. The deadline to submit photography is Sunday March 31, 2019 by 11:59pm. Winners will announced via SDAF email announcement by April 20, 2019.  View last year’s entries and check out the 2018 winners.

The San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF’s) OH! San Diego (Open House San Diego) is a free weekend event that offers behind-the-scenes access to buildings located in Downtown San Diego, Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, Barrio Logan, Point Loma, and new for 2019 – La Jolla. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of San Diego’s diverse neighborhoods – all for free.

Help keep OH! San Diego free by donating to the San Diego Architectural Foundation today.

Want more maps? We have an app!

Visit the app store and search for Archimaps to download our free app. It features an OH! San Diego interactive map with site addresses, images, opening hours and descriptions. It features the ability to select favorites and make your own custom route.

 

 

 

 

OH! San Diego weekend hubs

Start your day by checking in at one of our neighborhood hubs listed below. They will be staffed with volunteers who can help you plan your day and can provide assistance with downloading and using our new, free app on your smart phone. Free maps will be available at the hubs and each participating site. Our souvenir event guide (suggested donation $3) will only be available at the hubs. A pdf download of the map and event guide will be available here on March 1, in addition to the site listings.

Balboa Park | Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Bankers Hill | Willis Allen Real Estate, 2875 Fifth Avenue | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Downtown | Amici House, 250 W. Date Street | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Gaslamp | Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Avenue | SAT & SUN 12PM – 4PM
East Village | San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Barrio Logan | Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Avenue | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Point Loma | Point Loma Hervey Library, 3701 Voltaire Street | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Point Loma | Dick Laub NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Road | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
La Jolla | IS Architecture, 5645 La Jolla Boulevard | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
La Jolla | La Jolla Historical Society, 780 Prospect Street | SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM

OH! San Diego weekend activities

Photo Contest | Take photos at the participating sites during the weekend and submit to our juried photo competition to win prizes. Check out the submission details and prizes here. The deadline to submit photography is Sunday March 31, 2019 by 11:59pm. Winners will announced via SDAF email announcement by April 20, 2019.  View last year’s entries and check out the 2018 winners.

Kids Sketch | Calling all kids and parents! SDAF’s BEEP (Built Environment Education Program) will host Kids Sketch during OH! San Diego weekend. You’ll collaborate with architects to sketch your own version of some architectural sites. Sign up here in advance to receive a BEEP sketchbook and pencil. If you don’t sign up, don’t worry, you can still join the fun. Just visit the sites below during the hours listed to take part.

Point Loma | Dick Laub NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Road | SAT & SUN 10AM – 12PM
La Jolla | La Jolla Historical Society, 780 Prospect Street | SAT & SUN 10AM – 12PM

Download the event guide and see page 7 for suggested sites for kids.

Ms. Smarty Plants will be at the Botanical Building in Balboa Park, SAT 11AM – 1PM with activities for kids teaching them about the environment and sustainability.

The award-winning Point Loma High School Robotics Team will do demonstrations at Point Loma Library, SAT 10AM – 2PM

PGK Dancemaker Project will perform a 15 min dance performance at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan, SAT at 12PM & 2PM

Stone Brewing in Point Loma will offer free 5oz. taster pours of their craft beer to OH! visitors that show their passport.

Point Loma Assembly will take you back in time to the 1920’s with costumed docents, a vintage car photo opp and free refreshments of the period.

Miller Hull Partnership will demonstrate how architects use virtual reality technology to walk through a digital representation of a building.

La Jolla Historical Society features the exhibit Tangible Memories: Recollections of La Jolla Pioneer Women, 10 important female figures in La Jolla’s history examined and interpreted by contemporary artists.

Quint Gallery in La Jolla features a show by San Diego artist Michael James Armstrong. Asked to comment on his work on display, he says, “It does not interest me to try and influence in any way how someone should engage with my work. Much like a magician not revealing how a trick is done before the audience has seen it. It is important to me that my own personal ideas or intentions not color how one views my work. The magic is in the wonder of one’s own experience.”

The OH! San Diego launch party was a success!

Thank you to everyone who supported the program by attending our launch party on March 3 at the Bali Hai on Shelter Island in Point Loma. Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and Mai Tais with a priceless view! The OH! San Diego committee shared their picks for not-to-be-missed sites and attendees learned about the storied history of the Bali Hai, San Diego’s own “tiki temple,” and the legacy of tiki architecture on Shelter Island.

Thank you to our volunteers!

As you visit sites during the weekend, be sure to talk with our trained OH! Volunteers. And remember, if things don’t go exactly the way you planned, our volunteers will help you with alternate suggestions and recommendations. This program is volunteer led and run, so please be respectful to our volunteers and site hosts who are donating their time to provide you with this unique opportunity.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Financial support for OH! San Diego is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program and our other generous sponsors listed below. Thank you!

Become a valued sponsor today!

SDAF is proud to work with our sponsors to provide San Diegans and visitors the chance to explore San Diego’s neighborhoods. OH! San Diego sponsors have the opportunity to showcase their civic pride and connect with a diverse audience of residents and visitors. To learn more about sponsoring OH! San Diego, please view our 2019 Sponsorship Guide.

  • OH! San Diego celebrates quality planning, design, and architecture, which enrich the quality of life and physical beauty of San Diego, and are hallmarks of a great city.

    Assemblymember Todd Gloria
    78th Assembly District
    State of California

Open House San Diego Leadership

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