Category Archives: Landmarks

Everybody Loves a Lover……

Keating Building, 1890 Architects:  Reid Brothers Architectual Style: Romanesque Revival Everybody loves a good love story, and San Diego is no exception.  The Keating building, a lovely Romanesque Revival gem on the northwest corner of 5th and F St., boasts two. George and Fannie Keating arrived in San Diego from Kansas in 1886.  As Mr. […]

The McGurck Block Building

The McGurck Block Building, popularly known as the Ferris and Ferris Drugstore Building, was built on the northeast corner of 5th and Market in 1887. Although the original owner, Col. Edward McGurck, acquired the property in 1876 for $50, he elected not to develop it until several years later.   John T. Burkett, architect, designed […]

Liquor, Lockers and Lively Music

The Onyx Hotel Building 1910   852 Fifth Avenue Architect: Unknown Architectural Style: Modern Commercial This property, like all others, was originally owned by Alonzo Horton. In 1868, he sold the lot to another notable early San Diegan – Capt. Samuel S. Dunnells  – for $500 in gold coin. Capt. Dunnells is credited to have […]