Program

OH! San Diego 2020
Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment
One weekend. Free access. Iconic architecture. The doors are open for you to explore.

BALBOA PARK | BANKERS HILL | DOWNTOWN | GASLAMP | EAST VILLAGE | BARRIO LOGAN | POINT LOMA | LA JOLLA | CORONADO

 

DOWNTOWN

The center of our city’s civic life, arts and cultural attractions, and a hub of economic activity, Downtown is a place to work and play hard. The Embarcadero connects the area to the waterfront, providing green spaces where the public enjoys the natural beauty of the bay. The revitalization of many historic buildings has created new residential, retail and commercial spaces.

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23 AMICI HOUSE | OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
250 W. Date Street

Self-guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Guided neighborhood tour at 11AM, 1PM & 3PM

An example of a typical home found in San Diego’s Little Italy during the 1920’s, this partially renovated craftsman-style home was recently transformed into Little Italy’s Italian American cultural and heritage center. Visitors learn about the history of Little Italy and participate in cultural programs and events in a convivial atmosphere – after all, ‘amici’ means ‘friends’ in Italian. Exterior walking tour includes the Firehouse Museum, Our Lady of the Rosary and the piazza.

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24 BORN AND RAISED
1909 India Street

Designer-led tour / SAT 3PM / Reservation required (Tour FULL)

This former one-story 1930s-era soda fountain drugstore has been transformed into a two-level ‘Mid-century Modern meets Art Deco’ fine-dining experience for Consortium Holdings. With a desire to hearken back to the refined American steakhouse experiences of yesteryear, the designer’s unparalleled craftsmanship anchors this opulent 250-seat restaurant where nearly every thoughtful element in the 10,000-square-foot space is designed and built in-house.

Basile Studio, 2018

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25 MORNING GLORY
550 West Date Street

Designer-led tour / SAT 3:30PM / Reservation required (Tour FULL)

Located on the second-story overlooking the Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy, this 4,000-square-foot interior offers a fresh and unexpected take on a brunch eatery. The 1980s inspiration showcases a palette of muted green, pops of pink, and terrazzo as well as nods to early Frank Lloyd Wright with walnut finishes, mixed metals, and large-scale architectural lighting and chandelier installations. As with all Basile Studio designs, this project was almost entirely custom fabricated in-house at their downtown San Diego design studio and installed on-site by their team of artisans.

Basile Studio, 2019

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26 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS SAN DIEGO
233 A Street, Suite 200

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

The offices of this professional organization are housed in this 14-story historic high-rise. An elegant neoclassical design, this reinforced concrete structure is clad in granite and brick with decorative facade details and a clearly defined base, middle and top. The interior features a marble lobby floor and staircase, and a restored coffered ceiling.

Frank Stevenson, 1927

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27 CIVIC THEATRE
1100 Third Avenue

Guided tour / SAT 10AM, 11AM, 12PM & 1PM / Reservation required

The 2,967 seat San Diego Civic Theatre is the region’s largest and most attended performing arts venue. Owned by the City of San Diego, the theater hosts performances in opera, classical and contemporary music, dance and Broadway shows, in addition to serving as a community gathering place for inaugurations, governmental addresses and public meetings. Built at a cost of $4.1 million, the Grand Salon features back lit Italian onyx panels and an iconic $35,000 chandelier made of Bavarian crystal.

Lloyd Ruocco, Selden B. Kennedy Jr., and William F. Rosser, 1965

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28 SAN DIEGO LAW LIBRARY
1105 Front Street

Guided tour every 30 min / SAT 10AM – 4PM

When it was built in 1958, the county’s public law library was a state-of-the-art resource for people needing legal assistance. Over 50 years later, the building was completely renovated to bring back its original clean sight lines and mid-century modern design aesthetic. The building boasts an iconic floating staircase, black Escondido granite facings, floor-to-ceiling west-facing windows, white Carrara marble floors, a buried peek-a-boo time capsule, and one-of-a-kind spaces including a permanent hand-painted labyrinth and a Hogwarts-inspired lounge.

George Lykos, 1958 / Renovation, 2012

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29 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
1100 Kettner Boulevard

Guided tour / SAT & SUN 12:30PM & 3:30PM

The former Santa Fe Depot baggage building was re-purposed to provide light-filled galleries and spaces suitable for large-scale installations. A three-story modern addition contrasts with the historic building, while taking architectural cues from the original materials. The vertical channel glass and rust-colored corrugated metal cladding recall the industrial, railroad origins.

Bakewell & Brown, 1915 / Gluckman Mayner Architects, 2008

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31 CARRIER JOHNSON+CULTURE
185 West F Street, Suite 500

Self–guided tour / SAT 10AM – 4PM

Since its opening in 1977, this renowned architecture and interior design firm has had offices downtown. Recently relocated to the Marina District, the new space was designed to reflect the collaborative nature of modern architectural firms. A central steel-clad wall defines the separation between public and work spaces. A section of the floor was removed to provide connection between the upper and lower studios. A large feature stair with integrated bleacher seating is within a two-story space that encourages social interaction.

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, 2019

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32 NAVY GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FACILITY

650 Pacific Highway

Guided hard hat tour / SAT 10AM, 11AM, 12PM / Reservation Required, age 16 & above (Tour FULL) / Meet at construction trailer 10 minutes before tour time

This is the first building in the eight-city block, master plan development, Manchester Pacific Gateway. It is situated on 12 acres of waterfront land formerly owned by the Navy. The build-to-suit 17-story, 351,000 square-foot project will serve as the new administrative offices for 1,700 Navy employees, including the Southwest Command. The building’s ship-like profile has now taken shape. Tour the site with the construction team from Turner Construction and learn more about the complex construction process for this massive project.

Gensler, 2020

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33 SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER
111 West Harbor Drive

Guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM, 12PM and 2PM / Reservation required / Saturday reservations / Sunday reservations / Walk-ups accepted / Meet at Door A, furthest to the west

When viewed from across the bay, it’s obvious that this large-scale structure on San Diego’s waterfront pays homage to the city’s rich maritime history.The tent-like roof of the Sails Pavilion is reminiscent of a ship at full mast. Distinctive angular buttresses, providing structural support, line the perimeter like oars entering the water. Translucent barrel vaulted skylights allow sunlight deep into the lobby spaces and give the feeling of being in the barrel of a wave. The building is uniquely San Diegan while also being entirely functional and suited to hosting large international events. The 30 year old facility has recently undergone significant capital improvements. In 2017, it achieved LEED Gold Certification for outstanding sustainable practices that minimize the environmental impact of their events.

Arthur Erickson, 1989 / Tucker Sadler, 2001

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