Category Archives: Landmarks

Built to Last!

The Steele Building (1908) Southwest Corner of 6th and Market St. Architect: Edmond Blachmann Architectural Style: Victorian Commercial The Steele Building or Block is significant not only because of its early development, but because of the notable personalities associated with the financing and construction on this parcel. There is evidence that a small wooden structure […]

Reuben the Guide and his Historic Haunts

Douglas Hotel, Clermont/Coast Hotel, Ideal Hotel & the Crossroads, 1887-1985 As lead tour guide and historian for the Davis-Horton House Museum, I often wondered how the tour guide business got started. I inadvertently found the answer, while researching something entirely different. Not all Gaslamp “Landmarks” are buildings! San Diego’s first tour guide, known from coast […]

The Golden West, 1913

720 Fourth Avenue, northwest corner of G Street Architect :   John Lloyd Wright Prairie Style of Architecture- Modern As one strolls through the Gaslamp, most notice that although each building has its own unique characteristics, most are basically what can be termed “Victorian.”  The exception is the Golden West Hotel.  It is devoid of the ornate […]

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. […]