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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

 

POINT LOMA

Situated on a peninsula with breathtaking views of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma reflects many rich and deep histories: a close-knit Portuguese community; Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s famous 1542 landing site; America’s Cup Harbor and yacht clubs; Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the former Naval Training Center, now Liberty Station; Fort Rosecrans; the Naval Base; and the world-famous Cabrillo National Monument.
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64 ALL SOULS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1475 Catalina Boulevard

Self-guided tour / SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM
Architect-led tour / SAT 11AM & 12:30PM

The sanctuary is a wonderful example of mid-century modern church architecture. Its hexagonal plan, sweeping protective roof, magnificent pipe organ, and finely crafted wood interior celebrates worship, community, art, and a kinship with nature. An exquisite stained glass window by renowned artist James Hubbell illuminates the space with magical, spiritual light. The church is currently embarking on a re-imagining of the campus to better serve the community.

Robert Mosher, 1969

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65 POINT LOMA HERVEY BRANCH LIBRARY
3701 Voltaire Street

Self-guided tour / SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 12:30 PM – 4PM

The library’s design follows a nautical theme, with its faux ship’s hull, wave-like roof form and a periscope that allows patrons to view the surrounding community from within the building. At night, up-lighting makes it glow, creating a beacon for the neighborhood reminiscent of the region’s most notable landmark, the Point Loma Lighthouse.

Conwell Shonkwiler & Associates, 2003

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66 JENNINGS HOUSE CAFE
1018 Rosecrans Street

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

The Jennings House was built by Sheriff Frank Jennings and his wife, Inez. The home is thought to have at one time included a single-cell jail for the small Point Loma Community – not a far trek for Sheriff Jennings! The simple frame house has been maintained as a local gathering place and coffeehouse for over 20 years. The architecture is complemented by period photography throughout, capturing Point Loma in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Crown molding, glass doorknobs and vintage furnishings add the finishing touches.

Unknown, 1886

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67 PORTUGUESE HISTORICAL CENTER
2831 Avenida de Portugal

Self–guided tour / SAT 10AM – 4PM

In 1977, the late Basilio Freitas and others founded this historic center to preserve the culture, heritage, language and folklore of the Portuguese community for future generations. The Center hosts a collection of genealogical information, photos and artifacts from the community’s rich history, and archives the many accomplishments of Portuguese leaders and organizations, both locally and worldwide. Members also maintain the Tunaman’s Memorial on Shelter Island.

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68 ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION
2640 Historic Decatur Road

Self–guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Start at Dick Laub NTC Command Center
Guided walking tour / SAT & SUN at 11AM / Reservation required / Walk-ups accepted

San Diego’s largest Arts & Cultural District is located in the historic buildings of the former Naval Training Center, where from 1923 to 1997, nearly two million young men—and eventually women—were trained. The Art’s District’s restored 45 buildings are home to nearly 145 tenants including museums, galleries, artist studios, dance companies and non-profit organizations that showcase San Diego’s creative community. The principal influence on the design of the original structures was architect Bertram G. Goodhue, who designed many buildings for the military, in addition to his work in Balboa Park for the 1915 exposition. Goodhue created a simplified Spanish Colonial Revival style with Pueblo influences that was very plain and unadorned and which was realized throughout NTC by the Navy Public Works Office. Buildings included in the guided tour include those listed below, among others.

BUILDING 175 / DOROTHEA LAUB DANCE PLACE
2650 Truxtun Road
This former Navy School building, where recruits learned how to make torpedoes, is now home to three of San Diego’s leading professional dance companies and schools.

Navy Public Works, 1941

 

 

BUILDING 200 / DICK LAUB NTC COMMAND CENTER
2640 Historic Decatur Road
This distinctive building with a pointed cupola above the vestibule lobby, is set back from the street within gardens and palm groves. The former mahogany paneled Commanders’ offices are now community meeting rooms. The hallways are lined with historic exhibits and art from current Art’s District artists.

Navy Public Works, 1942

 

BUILDING 35 / THE LUCE AUDITORIUM / THE LOT
2620 Truxtun Road
Navy recruits saw training films here and enjoyed the latest Hollywood offerings, along with Point Loma residents. Bob Hope and other celebrities did radio broadcasts from its stage. It is fitting that the historic Art Deco building has been rehabilitated to serve as a modern cinema, complete with a new glass-enclosed cafe/ bar.

Navy Public Works, 1941 

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69 THE MILLER HULL PARTNERSHIP
4980 North Harbor Drive

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

In October 2018, Miller Hull moved its architecture studio into this vibrant waterfront complex that they had previously designed. The firm has a strong commitment to ecological design and, like their Seattle studio, this space was designed with the intent to become certified with the Living Building Challenge, which asks the question – “What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?” The net-zero energy studio is aided by a rooftop PV array and retrofitted with operable windows to take advantage of the cool marine air and reduce energy loads. The interior is finished with healthy, sustainable materials and is filled with daylight and beautiful views of the harbor.

Miller Hull Partnership, 2009

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70 DOYLE SAILS
2805 Canon Street, 2nd Floor

Self–guided tour / SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Access via stairs only

The ‘Loft’, as full-service sailmaker locations are called, has a long history of sail making. Originating in the 1970s, the loft has been remodeled to add sewing pits, allowing the use of the floor as a table to facilitate working with larger sails. Doyle Sails San Diego, a woman owned business, provides new sails and sail repair services to a wide variety of racers, cruisers and oceanographic vessels.

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71 POINT LOMA ASSEMBLY
3035 Talbot Street

Self–guided tour / SAT 10AM – 4PM

Founded in 1911, this bungalow-style community center has served many purposes – civic meetings, art exhibits, social functions—and was a Red Cross Distribution Center during World War I and II. Today, it remains a vibrant gathering place, hosting meetings, plays, weddings, and church services.

John B. Stannard, 1915

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72 SCHMIDT DESIGN GROUP
1310 Rosecrans Street, second floor

Self–guided tour / SAT 10AM – 4PM / Access via stairs only

This 36-year-old, award-winning landscape architecture and planning firm recently moved into Point Loma. The modern-industrial interior renovation of their studio features an open-concept design, a green wall, “underwater” chat room, stone gabion desk and exposed masonry walls. The firm has won more than 140 local, state, and national awards including fourteen Orchid awards. Notable and ongoing projects will be on display and include: County Administration Waterfront Park, Stone Brewing and World Bistros in Escondido and Liberty Station, Civita Park, Arts District Liberty Station, SDSU Mission Valley, and Riverwalk San Diego.

Built 1979 / Renovated Schmidt Design Group & domusstudio, 2019

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