By 1881, 800 Chinese were living in San Diego, most of them men who had come to work on the railroad at the request of Ah Quin. As they were far from home, marginalized and relatively poor, they needed resources by which they could have their basic needs met and also find individuals for friendship […]
Tis’ the season again, and time to select the perfect Christmas gift for your special someone or child. Will it be diamonds, a luxury car, a fully furnished Barbie dollhouse? What will be your ultimate luxurious gift? For wealthy Victorians this question was a no-brainer. They would shop for the most expensive and beautiful porcelain […]
It is important to include some of the historic sites that serve as a reminder of the important contributions in commerce, culture and architecture made by the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Hawaiian communities.
Most of us simply can’t get going without our morning (and afternoon) dose of caffeine to power us through the day. One might think this is a modern trend brought about by the influx of coffee houses during the 80s and 90s, but our Victorian forefathers were way ahead of us. And – they weren’t […]
San Diego Lumber Company Building 1926 170 Sixth Avenue Architect: Unknown Architectural Style: Commercial/Spanish Revival The San Diego Lumber Company had a somewhat tumultuous beginning. On July 19,1872, Alonzo Horton transferred the title of the site to G.W.B. McDonald and W.B. Holcomb, who were previous owners of a lumber company known as McDonald and Company. […]
Travel back in time to explore 1880s San Diego Your kiddos will go plum crazy as you take a step back in time at the 19th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire, on Sunday November 6, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The event proceeds […]
Pierce-Morse Building(1887) Sixth Avenue & F Street Architects: Comstock and Trotsche Architectural Style: Italianate / Commercial John Keats once said that “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” That might be said of the Pierce-Morse Building, an important part of the San Diego skyline of the late 1800s and the first part of the […]
William Heath Davis, Sr. came from a prominent New England family. His maternal grandfather, General William Heath, was the last surviving major general from the American Revolution. This is one reason that the name “Heath” figures prominently in descendant’s names, such as William Heath Davis, Jr. His paternal grandfather, Robert Davis, participated in the Boston […]