Author Archives: Gaslamp Foundation

Maria Estudillo

  Maria Estudillo, as the wife of William Heath Davis, was the link between Old Town San Diego and New Town built on the bay.  Dona Maria de Jesus Telesfora de los Santos Reyes Estudillo was born in Santa Barbara, California on January 5,1829. Her parents were Juana Martinez and Don Jose Joaquin Estudillo.  In 1834, her father was elected the first alcalde (mayor) of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) where the family had moved, […]

A Secret Wife?

The Sandwich Islands Gazette January 27, 1838 “ Married on Friday evening, January 21st by Reverend Lowell Smith, Mr. William Heath Davis to Kaimiaina.” This short newspaper notice appeared just before William Heath Davis received a letter from his stepfather, John Coffin Jones. Mr. Jones, who was in Santa Barbara, California at the time, reiterated […]

A Rose by Any Other Name…….

Choate-Gerichten-Peterson Block a.k.a. Ingersoll Tutton Mercantile Building 1894 818-836 5th Avenue Architect – Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style – Romanesque Revival Even after the boom building years of the 1880s, several of the structures along 5th Avenue were still relatively unadorned wooden buildings. After 5th Avenue was paved in 1888, many investors then turned their attention […]

The Lion Roars Again!

Ingle Building/Golden Lion 1906 NE Corner of Fourth and F St. Architect – Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style -Modern with Victorian Elements After Alonzo Horton made his propitious buy of the land that was to become modern day San Diego, he immediately returned to San Francisco to drum up interest in his new venture. In order […]

What’s in a Name

The Timken Building 1894 Southwest Corner of 5th and Market Streets Architect: Joseph Falkenham Architectural Style: Romanesque/Modern   Realtors will tell you that “location, location, location,” is everything, but this prime piece of commercial real estate had a rather inauspicious beginning. Alonzo Horton called it “Lot L” when he sold it to David L. Phillips […]

The Kumeyaay-Diegueño People of Southern California: History and Culture from Pre-Contact to the Present.

For thousands of years the Kumeyaay-Diegueño people have called this region of Southern California home. Join us on Wednesday, March 11th at 7 PM for our next “History Talks!” Lecture featuring Director of the Barona Cultural Museum Laurie Egan-Hedley as she shares with us the vibrant history of the Kumeyaay-Diegueño people from pre-contact to the […]