Author Archives: Gaslamp Foundation

Street Scene: The Music Festival that Transformed the Gaslamp Quarter.

History Talks Gaslamp Museum

For 25 years “Street Scene” was San Diego’s oldest and largest annual music festival bringing together a variety of musicians from diverse genres performing for San Diegans to enjoy. It began in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in 1984 and grew, eventually moving to different venues around town before returning to its roots in downtown. Join […]

Business Was Booming!

Like most properties sold by Alonzo Horton in the late 1860s, the lot on the southwest corner of 5th and F changed hands early and often. the brick building now known as the Spencer-Ogden Building, one of the oldest buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter. It is also the oldest structure to be continually owned by the same family.

The Rise of Lemon Grove in the Second Gold Rush.

Nestled approximately 10 miles East of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the city of Lemon Grove is home to about 26,000 residents, boasts “the best climate on earth,” and prominently displays a very large fruit monument in homage to its unique historical roots. Join us for our next History Talks! Lecture on Wednesday, April 10th at […]

OH! San Diego 2019

OH! San Diego 2019 is happening on March 23 & 24. Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment. One weekend. Free access. Iconic architecture. The doors are open for you to explore. The San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF’s) OH! San Diego (Open House San Diego) is a free weekend event that offers behind-the-scenes access […]

From Jessop’s, to Dime Store, to Hardware Emporium

San Diego Hardware Building 1910 840-50 5th Avenue Architectural Style – Modern T.W. Coates, Builder The property located on 840-50 5th has had many owners and many uses, but none, with one exception, has stayed very long. Originally, it was sold by Alonzo Horton to Captain Samuel Dunnells in 1868. Captain Dunnells was an early […]

A Sight for Sore Eyes: The Louis Bank Of Commerce

Louis Bank of commerce GQHF

1888 835-837 5th Avenue Architectural Style : Baroque Revival Architects: Clemment and Stannard   In 1831, newspaperman Horace Greeley popularized the saying by John Soule, “Go West, young man.” Many enterprising immigrants took these words literally, and made their way to the burgeoning city of San Diego, California. One of the most resourceful of these […]

History Talks! Lecture Series: Romantic Victorians: Dating, Marriage, and Love.

Gaslamp Museum Lecture

Looking for a Valentine? Maybe the Victorians can help! Join us for our next History Talks! Lecture as Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian, and Jamie Laird, GQHF Visitor Services Coordinator, delve into the intricate customs and traditions surrounding dating, marriage, and love in the Victorian Era. Become versed in the strict courting rules, elaborate Victorian flirting […]

February is Museum Month in San Diego!

  That means HALF PRICED ADMISSION at over 40 museums for the month of February. San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at any of the participating libraries (see link below), or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the […]