Author Archives: Gaslamp Foundation

Dead Center in the Old Red-light District

The Marin Hotel 1888 552 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style: Victorian Architect: Unknown John Nelson Young arrived in San Diego in 1869 aboard the steamship Orizaba from San Francisco. He immediately started a furniture and undertaking business with his brothers in a small wooden building on “H” Street (now Market St.) near Fifth Avenue known as […]

The History of a Historian

Bancroft Building/ Aztec Theatre             1886 665 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style: Modern  Architect: Clinton Day Some of the most innocuous buildings have the most interesting stories, and some of their owners are often more intriguing than the buildings themselves. Such may be the case of the Bancroft building, a modest almost plain building in the heart […]

#GivingTuesday

  Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Museum Store Sunday. Cyber Monday…. and #GivingTuesday.   With the largest shopping weekend of the year close upon us, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation wants to remind you of the event that finishes it off. December 3, Giving Tuesday.   What is it?   #GivingTuesday is the opening day […]

It’s Giving Weekend!

*November 30th is Small Business Saturday and *December 1st is Museum Store Sunday Support your local community non-profit museum this season! Every purchase you make goes towards helping the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation protect and preserve the architecture, history, and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter. Visit us this weekend and you will find new and […]

History Talks! Ghosted: The Horton Principle

“Ghosting,” where one breaks off all communication and contact without justification, is a commonplace phenomenon now in 2019 and we wonder: is it possible to ghost a built environment? Have we ghosted Horton Plaza?Join us on Wednesday, November 13th at 7 PM for our next “History Talks!” Lecture with guest curators of our upcoming exhibit: Ghosted: The […]

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, […]