Category Archives: Landmarks

The Granger Building

1904 964 5th Avenue                                                      Architectural Style: Romanesque Architect: William Quayle                                          Once again it is summertime in America’s finest city, and many San Diegans clamor to spend time outdoors enjoying the many attractions this fair city […]

The Callan Hotel

 San Diego’s First “Zoo” 1878 Three Story Brick Structure 502 Fifth Avenue Architects: Stannard & Layman (1913):  Additional Two Stories As the days get warmer and summer approaches many San Diegans begin to seek outdoor entertainment. There are the beaches, Old Town, water parks, and of course, the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The first “zookeeper” […]

Dead Center in the Old Red-light District

The Marin Hotel 1888 552 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style: Victorian Architect: Unknown John Nelson Young arrived in San Diego in 1869 aboard the steamship Orizaba from San Francisco. He immediately started a furniture and undertaking business with his brothers in a small wooden building on “H” Street (now Market St.) near Fifth Avenue known as […]

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 […]

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 […]