Author Archives: Gaslamp Foundation

San Diego’s Palace of the Arts: The Magnificent Villa Montezuma

September 12, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. Gazing upon the Gaslamp Quarter from just atop the hill in the Sherman Heights Historic District sits the regal Villa Montezuma; the 1887 Palace of the Arts and home of mysterious, world-traveling Musician and Spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Join us for our next History Talks! […]

History Talks! The Japanese Americans in the Gaslamp

July 11th, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. Join Lecturer Linda Canada, outreach coordinator of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, to learn about the influence of the Japanese Americans who lived and worked in the Gaslamp. A special guest will be Yukio Kawamoto whose parents operated the immigrant […]

Nesmith-Greely Building’s Long San Diego History

Nesmith-Greely Building 1888 825 Fifth Avenue Romanesque Revival Architects: Comstock and Notsche On March 27, 1871, Alonzo Horton sold Lot D, Block 61 to Miss Henrietta Nesmith for the exorbitant sum of $1900 in US gold coin. This was considered an unusually high amount for such a lot at the time. Horton also sold property […]

We are a Blue Star Museum!

Calling all active duty military! If you are looking for family vacation ideas this summer, you can visit Gaslamp Museum for free through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums are more than 2,000 museums nationwide which offer free admission to active duty military and up to five family members from Memorial Day through Labor […]

The Big Exchange 2018

May 1-18 Membership has its privileges! The Big Exchange gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below. Simply head to your favorite participating museum, tell your guest services […]

The Tale of the Fox and the Lion

Samuel I. Fox Building, 1929 Architect: William Templeton Johnson Architectural Style: Mission Revival  & Mediterranean Location: Southwest Corner, 6th & Broadway America has always been the land of immigrants and opportunity. This was especially true during the 19th century when Horace Greeley’s philosophy that the road to success was paved with hard work and perseverance was […]