The Pacifica Hotel

The Pacifica Hotel

All the World’s a Stage….. and More The Pacifica Hotel 551 Fourth Avenue  Circa 1910 Architectural Style: Turn-of-the Century Modern Architect Unknown     In 1867, Alonzo Horton sold to A.S. Seely, a mail carrier from Los Angeles, a one half interest of the original Pacifica Hotel property site , which included spaces 547-557. Mr.…

The I.O.O.F. Building

The I.O.O.F. Building

            Very Fancy And Not Odd At All I.O.O.F. Building Independent Order of Odd Fellows 526 Market Street 1873-1882 Classical Revival Architects: Payne and Lacey     What’s an odd fellow? I guess we have all known a few, but the odd fellows of the 1800s were a national fraternal…

The Granger Building

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

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”…

Backesto Building

Backesto Building

Back-esto in Time  The Backesto Building 1873 &1887 Architects: Burgett and Osgood  Architectural Style: Classical Revival   On December 23, 1867, Dr. John Pierre Backesto, bought himself a Christmas present – a large portion of Block 88 belonging to Alonzo Horton. The property was located on Fifth Avenue and H Street. (now Market St.), and…