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

 

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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35 THE US GRANT HOTEL
326 Broadway

Self-guided tour / SUN 10AM – 1PM
Guided tour / SUN at 10:30AM and 12:00PM / Reservation required (Tour FULL)

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.

Harrison Albright, 1910 / Renovation, 2017

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36 COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN
530 Broadway

Self-guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM
Guided tour / SAT & SUN 2PM / Saturday Reservation / Sunday Reservation / Walk-ups accepted

Once home to the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, this building retains the grand character that distinguished it in its prime. Exquisite elements of the former bank grace the interior and cohesively mix with the fresh, contemporary style of the hotel. Explore the soaring former banking hall with its dramatic coffered ceilings, arcades and medallions, all typical of the Romanesque revival style.

William Templeton Johnson, 1928 / Renovation, 1999

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37 SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL MUSEUM | OH! SAN DIEGO HUB
404 Third Avenue

Self–guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM

For many decades, this Mission Revival style building was the Chinese Community Church, located within the Chinatown neighborhood. When it was slated for demolition in the 1990s, the community rallied together and saved the building. It was later relocated to its current site and converted into a museum proudly showcasing San Diego’s rich Chinese history. Enjoy the serene Chinese– style garden with its traditional entry gate, waterfall and koi pond.

Louis Gill, 1927 / Joseph Wong, 1996

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38 CHINESE CONSOLIDATED BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
428 Third Avenue

Self–guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM – 1PM

This site has a long history with the Chinese population of downtown, both past and present. Since the 1800s, numerous Chinese organizations, schools, and community groups have operated at this site, providing support to the people in the neighborhood. Today, the building is maintained by the San Diego Chapter of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), a public service organization that produces the San Diego Chinese New Year Fair in downtown, oversees the adjacent CCBA Senior Garden Apartments, and promotes culture and heritage with year-round education programs.

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39 GASLAMP MUSEUM AT THE DAVIS–HORTON HOUSE
410 Island Avenue

Self–guided tour / SAT & SUN 12PM – 4PM

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.

Built 1850

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40 GASLAMP ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR
900 Fourth Avenue

Guided tour / SUN at 1PM / Reservation required (Tour FULL) / Meet at Broadway Fountain in Horton Plaza Park

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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41 SPARKS GALLERY
530 Sixth Avenue

Self–guided tour / SUN 11AM – 4PM

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.

Built 1924 / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, 2015

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42 ROESLING NAKAMURA TERADA ARCHITECTS
363 Fifth Avenue, Suite 202

Self-guided tour / SAT 10AM – 1PM

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.

Built 1888

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43 HORTON PLAZA WALKING TOUR – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
79 Horton Plaza

Guided tour / SAT 11AM / Reservation required (Tour FULL) / Meet at Lyceum Theater on the plaza level

Join architect Frank Wolden on a tour of the mall that revitalized downtown San Diego in the 1980s. The once-revolutionary shopping mall has fallen victim to the changing nature of retail and is slated to become a high-tech campus. With most of center now closed, this is an apt time to ‘get lost’ and experience the mall’s mismatched levels, circuitous walkways and ramps, sudden drop-offs and dead-ends, dramatic viewpoints and the quirky details of the brightly painted facades.

Jerde Partnership, 1985

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44 BALBOA THEATRE
868 Fourth Avenue

Guided tour / SAT 10AM, 11AM, 12PM & 1PM / Reservation required (Tour FULL)

Built for $800,000, the Balboa Theatre was an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in a state-of-the-art building that included six storefronts and offices on floors above. Threatened with demolition in the 1960s, it was spared and added to the National Register of Historic Places and then eventually restored after a 20-year closure. This historic landmark features a unique tiled dome and ornate plaster fretwork above the 1,500 seat auditorium. The $26.5 million renovation funded by the City of San Diego ensures that it will serve as a community performing arts center for years to come.

William Wheeler, 1924 / Renovated 2008

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