Point Loma

OH! San Diego 2024

Saturday, March 9th

About Point Loma

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Situated on a peninsula between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma is a community with many personalities. Strong ties to the military are plainly evident, with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the former Naval Training Center at its northern border, and Fort Rosecrans, Cabrillo National Monument and Naval Base Point Loma at the south. The community has a noteworthy nautical heritage as the home of America’s Cup Harbor, historical significance as the site of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s famous landing in 1542, and is the nucleus of a close-knit Portuguese community.

The NTC Dick Laub Command Center at Liberty Station will serve as the Point Loma Open House Hub.

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This neighborhood is sponsored by RosaMaria Acuña.

NTC Dick Laub Command Center

Neighborhood Hub

The ARTS DISTRICT, Liberty Station
2640 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego

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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Self-guided tours, as well as two guided tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Advanced registration required.

Sign up HERE:  https://sdaf.wildapricot.org/event-5637025

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the former Naval Training Center San Diego, now transformed into a dynamic hub for creativity. Explore our 17 beautifully restored historic buildings, showcasing the perfect blend of heritage and contemporary artistry. The Dick Laub Command Center has a pointed cupola above the vestibule lobby and 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 ARTS DISTRICT artists.

Renovated by NTC Foundation

Aerial view of a peach colored, spanish-style building complex with a tiled roof.
A brightly colored floral mural painted on an archway at Liberty Station.

Additional events at NTC

Liberty Station Barracks 14
2770 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 210

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Muralist Scarlett Bailey will be available from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. She will share her story and the inspiration behind her mural. She will also host an engaging activity for kids. Location between barracks 14 and 15.  www.scarlettbaily.com

Ana Galena Floral Studio will host her monthly Blooms of Kindness with free floral experiences for kids. The Floral workshop for is outside of Barrack 14 at 12:00 p.m.  www.anagalenafloralstudio.com

The Monsaraz San Diego, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

1451 Rosecrans Street
San Diego

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1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Explore the spaces at this new Point Loma hotel and even check out some of the guest rooms! Self-guided tours, set at intervals with a limited number of people per group, will be available.

The Monsaraz is a newly built hotel that opened in May 2021. Visitors are invited to experience a calm colorful haven that inspires living in the moment and is influenced by Portuguese old-world charm combined with the ethos of the coastal culture of modern-day Point Loma. The hotel's design story stems from a story about young lovers meeting in Portugal for a magical weekend, and departing to go their separate ways, with a memory of the adventure and a new outlook on life to take back to their own homes. With that story in mind, hallways lead guests on an art-lined journey to the elegant and approachable comfort of each guest room.

Developed by Lamming Co. in partnership with Alliance Development, KNA Design, R&R Construction and JWDA Architects.

Modern hotel architecture looking into a courtyard at dusk.
The front entrance of the Point Loma Assembly as seen from the street.

Point Loma Assesmbly

3035 Talbot St
San Diego

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9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for tours and conversation about the building's interior and history. Refreshments will be served. Educational sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. (see below)

Located on a Point Loma hillside, with views of the San Diego Bay, the Point Loma Assembly building has been part of the neighborhood since 1914. Frank Jennings hired San Diego architect, John B. Stannard to design the Assembly in 1913 and then generously gifted the building for $5 in 1946 to a group of women that called themselves The Point Loma Assembly. The Assembly women's main vision was always seeking to improve the Point Loma community. Over the next 80 years, the building served as a Red Cross Distribution Center during WWII, an auditorium and kindergarten classroom for nearby Cabrillo Elementary and hosted the popular Peninsula Cotillion classes with Mr. Benjamin.

Architect: John Bills Standard, 1914

Educational Sessions

9:30 a.m. - The history of the PL Assembly will be led by their President Sally Bixler introducing their benefactress, Dorothea Laub along with Klonie Kunzel with photos from the local historical collection of Edwina Goddard.

10:00 a.m./10:30 a.m. - Historian Diane Kane will lead two educational sessions lasting half an hour each. Sessions will cover California Bungalows in Point Loma and the preservation efforts that saved Point Loma Assembly, as well as Tiki Architecture in Point Loma.

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

1475 Catalina Blvd
San Diego

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1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Self-guided tours. Staff available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.


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.  The centerpiece on this tour is the James Hubbell stain glass window “Between Heaven and Earth” and the Paul Fritts & Ralph Richard’s Organ which will be used for a performance.

Architect: Robert Mosher, 1969

The interior of All Souls Church
A picture of a rock with a sign carved into it along the La Playa Trails Walking Tour

La Playa Trail Association

3035 Talbot Street
San Diego 

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10:30 a.m. 
One guided tour of Roseville to Shelter Island. Meet at the Point Loma Assembly. Tour is limited to 50 people.
Advanced registration required.

Tour Signup: https://sdaf.wildapricot.org/event-5637810

La Playa Trail, the oldest commercial route in the western United States, follows the shore of Point Loma, starting at Ballast Point and continuing north along Rosecrans Street to Old Town, across Mission Valley Nature Preserve, to Friars Road, and eastward to Mission San Diego, and beyond. This Trail has witnessed most of the early history of San Diego. It was first traversed by Kumeyaay Indians and later by early European settlers.

Bali Hai Restaurant

2230 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego

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11:30 a.m. 
Guided tour

Before it was "Bali Hai" in was "The Hut". In 1952, Restauranteur Arthur "Art" Gregg Wellington LaShelle, received approval from the San Diego Harbor Department to build one of his tiki restaurants on the newly developed Polynesian-themed Shelter Island. The circular Tahitian "hut-shaped" building was designed by architect Robert Benedict Brout with Raymond C. Frazier and help from Boyle Engineering. LaShelle's corporation reportedly spent over $200,000 building the new restaurant. "Christian's Hut" soon became simply "The Hut". Soon after, Lashelle's corporation filed for bankruptcy protection. A Los Angeles investor William Kirk, on the advice of his accountant Tom F. Ham Jr., bought controlling interest. In 1954, "The Hut" was formally reopened as the "Bali Hai", with new management (Tom Ham) and some upgrades in both the dining room and kitchen. Almost 70 years and almost 3 million Mai Tais later, Tom Ham's family continues to successfully operate the Bali Hai Restaurant, which remains one of the largest, oldest and most famous original tiki temples.

Original architect: Robert Benedict Brout. Renovation in 2010 by Grahm Downs.

The outside of the Tiki-inspired Bali Hai Restaurant.
Modern office interior, with an open floor plan.

Schmidt Design Group Office

1310 Rosecrans Street, 2nd Floor
San Diego

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10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The office will be open for visitors. Recent San Diego projects will be available for viewing and discussion. There will be project videos, a coloring exercise for kids, and light refreshments.

Founded in 1983 by landscape architect and planner, Glen Schmidt, FASLA, Schmidt Design Group has provided quality landscape architecture and planning services throughout southern California and the western United States for the past three decades. They are a client-centered, service-oriented small business dedicated to creating signature spaces that reflect the character and vision of the communities in which we work.

Miller Hull Partnership

Point Loma Marina
4980 North Harbor Drive, Suite 100

San Diego

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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
The office is open for visitors. Tours of the space and adjacent wharf will be available.

Located in The Wharf at Point Loma Marina and built in 2009, it was the firm’s first project in San Diego, and was designed by the firm’s late founding partner, Robert Hull. The tenant space had never been built out for a tenant, which allowed the design team to see and walk through the entire space freely. As one enters the space, it is immediately apparent how the original design takes advantage of the proximity to San Diego Bay and surrounding outdoor spaces.

Architect: Robert Hull, 2009

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LPA Studios

LPA Design Studios

2765 Truxtun Rd.
San Diego

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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Guided tours.

This San Diego studio is a transformed two-story barracks building in Liberty Station, the mixed-use community on the former site of the Naval Training Center. LPA designers took the 1920s -era, concrete military structure and developed an open, light-filled mix of collaboration spaces, flexible work environments and meeting spaces. The 10,000-square-foot studio is designed to meet LEED Gold certification, including smart lighting systems, careful material selection, access to daylight and energy-efficient HVAC systems.