Tag Archives: San Diego History

No Nods from Lady Luck!

The Broker’s Building1889 404 Market Street Architects: G.T. Burkett and R.E. Osgood (1873)Barnett McDougal (1889) Style: Commercial It has been said that some people are born lucky and some are not.  And – to that end, there is an old saying – “I’d rather be lucky than good.” The original Broker’s Building was neither. On […]

“Live! The Colorful Characters of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter!”

Known by many names like “Rabbitville”,“New Town,” and the “Stingaree,” San Diego’s “Gaslamp Quarter” as it is known today has a varied and storied past. Join us on Wednesday, July 10th at 7 PM for our next “History Talks!” Lecture and see the colorful history of the Gaslamp brought to life by our very own […]

Business Was Booming!

Like most properties sold by Alonzo Horton in the late 1860s, the lot on the southwest corner of 5th and F changed hands early and often. the brick building now known as the Spencer-Ogden Building, one of the oldest buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter. It is also the oldest structure to be continually owned by the same family.

Davis-Horton House -168 Years and Still Standing!

The Davis-Horton House  1850 410 Island Avenue  Architecture: Two-Story Wooden New England Saltbox  Mortice and Tenon Construction Through rain and sleet and storms, and even through floods – yes, two of them – the Davis-Horton House, the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego, has managed to survive.   The little yellow house on the […]

History Talks! : Balboa Park’s Two Great Expositions—1915 and 1935.

Dotted with numerous cultural institutions, distinct architecture, and home to the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park has been dubbed “San Diego’s Cultural Hub, “and “a place with something for everyone!” Located just a few miles away from the Gaslamp Quarter this sprawling urban park can credit its creation to two great expositions- one in […]

San Diego’s Palace of the Arts: The Magnificent Villa Montezuma

September 12, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. Gazing upon the Gaslamp Quarter from just atop the hill in the Sherman Heights Historic District sits the regal Villa Montezuma; the 1887 Palace of the Arts and home of mysterious, world-traveling Musician and Spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Join us for our next History Talks! […]