Category Archives: Landmarks

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 […]

Early Shopping Emporiums of San Diego: “Shop ‘till you drop” 1880’s style

Marston Building, 1881 548 C Street Architects: Stewart Brothers Style – Italianate Victorian Whitney Department Store Building, 1923 and 1936 914-924 6th Avenue Architect: F.W. Stevenson Modern Linear Design It’s the holiday season! Time for feasting, caroling, and yes, shopping.  For our Victorian ancestors buying a gift for a special loved one was also a […]