Dating back to the 19th century, Barrio Logan, recognized as Logan Heights, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, with a long history honoring its working-class Chicano/Mexican- American community and culture. During the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 5 and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge dissected the community. Residents, refusing to be displaced, creatively adapted to City-imposed industrial rezoning, which has contributed to the area’s unique mixed-use land pattern.
2222 Logan Avenue, San Diego
Guided tours / SUN 11AM - 3PM
Breathing new life into a long–vacant corner lot, this contemporary mixed–use project is inhabited by a spirited community of designers, artists and academics. The double–height, naturally ventilated live–work spaces with mezzanines and adjacent patio decks, live a lot larger than their footprint. Colors and materials pay homage to Barrio Logan’s cultural history. Local restaurant Fish Guts will be on site offering complimentary tastings from their menu.
Héctor M Pérez, 2012
BREAD & SALT
1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego
Self guided tour / SAT 10AM - 4PM
This experimental center for the arts has strong community ties. Several galleries, work spaces and the architect-owner’s studio now occupy this abandoned bakery building. The raw, industrial space is being transformed by the art and delicate design interventions such as an open-air central courtyard.
Established 1896 / Public Architecture, 2013
1776 National Avenue, San Diego
Self guided tour & guided tours / SAT & SUN 11AM - 3PM
Los Patios is a recently completed mixed-use development located two blocks north of Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, the epicenter of Mexican-American culture in San Diego. The building’s social and neighborly aspirations, environmentally passive layout strategy, and colorful design were inspired by Mexican "vecindades" (a kind of tenement where individual apartments encircle a central patio).
Each floor offers wide access balconies around the central patio, connecting to each loft suite and facilitating natural light and cross ventilation from both sides. Units have private patio/balcony lofts and are designed with large floor to ceiling glass openings that maximize in-out connections and frame the beautiful sunset views to the bay, Coronado Bridge and the downtown skyline.
Stop by to explore this unique building and to enjoy complimentary samples from local restaurant pop-ups: Cafe Madeline on Saturday and El Pez on Sunday.
Hector Perez & Kate Meairs, 2022
VILLA MONTEZUMA MUSEUM
1925 K Street, San Diego
Guided tours / SAT & SUN 1:00PM, 2:15PM, 3:30PM / Reservation required*
This Queen Anne Victorian “Palace of the Arts” was home to pianist and spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Its many distinctive features include varied roof towers and cupolas, an eccentric facade with many shingle patterns, and stained glass windows that reflect the owner’s interest in arts, music and literature. The interior of the home is equally detailed with ornate wood paneled walls and ceilings and five fireplaces with tile surrounds.
Villa Montezuma is currently showcasing a special art event of contemporary Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American artists, showing a range of emotions from “peaceful Ukraine” to “Ukraine on fire.” See these extraordinary paintings on tapestries depicting various ethnic groups from Ukraine as well as additional paintings on canvas and paper.
* Make your reservation by texting 619-233-8833 with your name, date and desired tour time, and how many people in your group. You will receive a response confirming or suggesting an alternate tour time.
Comstock and Trotsche, 1887
TECTURE DESIGN & FABRICATION
2001 Main Street, Suite A, San Diego
Self guided tour / SAT 1PM - 4PM
This progressive design studio is comprised of designers, craftsmen, artists, and builders who work to push the boundaries of design and fabrication. The Orchid-winning studio, housed in an 11,000 square foot warehouse complex in the heart of Barrio Logan’s Design District, includes a fabrication shop, allowing a direct dialogue between the design and fabrication of each piece.
CHICANO PARK MURAL TOUR
1949 Logan Avenue, San Diego
Guided tour / SAT 12:30PM & 2:30PM
Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding murals. Located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, the 90+ murals painted on the bridge’s flyover columns, ramps and retaining walls depict the social, political, cultural, and historical struggles of Chicanos/Mexicanos. In 1980, the San Diego Historical Resources Board added the park to the Historical Landmarks Registry, and, in 1997, it was listed on the California Register of Historical Resources. The park was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 23, 2013, and was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 23, 2016.
Self guided tour / SAT 12PM - 6PM
What began as a way to help local businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a weekend tradition in Barrio Logan. Every Saturday local clothing, jewelry and food vendors set up shop on Logan Avenue near Chicano Park for Walk the Block. Brick-and-mortar shops also open their doors for visitors interested in purchasing art, home decor, and more from local businesses.
Thank You to Our Barrio Logan Sponsor:
Rosamaria Acuna with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
Rosamaria discovered a love for San Diego as a child while visiting her sisters in Chula Vista. Originally from the border town of Calexico, she knew from her first visit she would one day call San Diego home. As her family drove to her sister’s home every summer, she remembers seeing the skyline, the beautiful blue ocean, and the vibrant and colorful murals of Barrio Logan. She instantly felt the connection between the people and the community; just as she did while growing up. With a goal of creating financial independence at an early age, Rosamaria purchased her first home at the age of 21. Because of her experience, she has a special focus on guiding clients to invest in their homes and therefore their future. As an advocate for home ownership, she has built a successful business by always placing her clients’ needs first. With 35 years of experience representing buyers and sellers, Rosamaria knows the San Diego real estate market exceptionally well. Rosamaria Acuña is a bilingual real estate professional and entrepreneur who is deeply committed to giving back to the community that has given so much to her. 2023 marks Rosamaria’s fifth year of volunteering with the SDAF Open House program. Says Rosamaria “Open House is a wonderful way to bring people together to explore our rich and diverse communities. The architecture of our city reveals our history, culture, and the unique fabric that makes this city special. It may also inspire the next engineer, architect, artist, or designer”. Learn more about Rosamaria's background and her 35 years in real estate.