Author Archives: Gaslamp Foundation

WCKD Village

WCKD Village Comes to LifeSaturday, October 26th, 2019 ***21+ Event*** On October 26th, prepare to enter an extravagant festival of nightmares as the streets of Downtown evolve into San Diego’s Premier Halloween Festival, WCKD Village. Enter this distorted realm and come face-to-face with terrorizing creatures and twisted adventures! Discover your darkest desire, summon your chosen crew, […]

From Hardware to Hard Core to Haute Cuisine

Commercial Bank Addition / Bijou Theater (1875658 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style – Florentine Revival William Lacey, Architect Although this structure, adjoining Old City Hall on the northern lot, appears to be a continuation of the Old City Hall building, it is actually a separate building with an entirely separate history. It was built by John […]

“The Design of Horton Plaza: the “Hows,” the “Whys” and the History.”

Horton Plaza Mall was once a vibrant shopping plaza and one of the catalysts that helped transform San Diego’s historic downtown into a bustling city center. Known for its unique and colorful architecture, this postmodern icon now sits almost abandoned with only a few stores remaining. Join us on Wednesday, October 16th at 7 PM […]

GQHF Board

Become part of the GQHF Board!  Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) is seeking new people to join its Board of Directors. The mission of GQHF is to preserve and promote the architecture, culture and history of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter (a National Historic District). We provide San Diego residents and visitors with museum exhibits, programs, […]

History Talks! Lecture: “School is in Session: School Days of Early San Diego.”

Fall is in the air and that traditionally means that many students and teachers have already begun a new and fruitful academic year. Over 150 years ago the students of San Diego were doing the very same thing when San Diego’s first schoolhouse opened in 1865. Join us on Wednesday, September 11th at 7 PM […]

Upcoming Exhibit

Ghosting: The Horton Principle coming soon San Diego, CA ― The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation in conjunction with the Southern California arts and culture duo ARATA are pleased to present Ghosted: The Horton Principle, an engaging exhibit that explores the legacy and possibility of Horton Plaza, architect Jon Jerde’s 1985 Postmodern urban mall. Who killed […]

No Nods from Lady Luck!

The Broker’s Building1889 404 Market Street Architects: G.T. Burkett and R.E. Osgood (1873)Barnett McDougal (1889) Style: Commercial It has been said that some people are born lucky and some are not.  And – to that end, there is an old saying – “I’d rather be lucky than good.” The original Broker’s Building was neither. On […]