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Spreckels Theatre 1912 - San Diego
Spreckels Theatre 1912 Downtown San Diego Review

Named after John D. Spreckels a sugar magnate, construction was finished in August of 1912 to service patrons with 1,915 seats. Designed to be earthquake and fire proof and built with the state of the art heating system. It was considered to be nicest theater on the west coast and was constructed to be acoustically perfect for its day. Harrison Albright designed the theatre in baroque style. Emil Mazy created the beautiful enormous painted domed ceiling. There is a large mural over the stage decorated with two angels sprinkling a horn of plenty and the ancient sea god Neptune. The four smaller medallions featured motifs of Air, Water, Fire, and Earth. Above the box seats are two gorgeous sculptures by Charles C. Cristadoro. The lobby is just as impressive with wonderful onyx columns and such beautiful motifs along the ceiling and walls.

Located at 121 Broadway, Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Information: (619) 235-9500

Phone: (619) 234-8397

Website: http://www.spreckels.net/index.html

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  • Written Mar 22, 2014
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St. James Hotel  1912 - San Diego
St. James Hotel 1912 Downtown San Diego Review

Now dwarfed by the city’s modern skyscrapers; the ten story St. James was once the tallest building in San Diego. In 1914, the San Diego Union extolled it as “First Class in every respect , with excellent service.” The hotel features 146 rooms, a barber shop, a Turkish bath, a billiard room, and observation room that boasted the finest view in San Diego. The hotel also had the convenience of hot and cold running water in every room.

Ramada Inn & Suites
Gaslamp / Convention Center
830 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-531-8877

BRIAN'S 24
828 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-8410

Located 844 6th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2009
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Samuel I. Fox Building 1929 - San Diego
Samuel I. Fox Building 1929 Downtown San Diego Review

This wonderful four story building was built by Entrepreneur Samuel Fox built this four-story, at the cost of $500,000. Mr. Fox’s Lion Clothing Company was the sole tenant of the building until 1984. The interior has 16-foot ceilings, antique oak wood paneling, walnut window frames, cast-iron decorative grills, heraldic lions in full relief, sculptured terra cotta spandrels, and an overhanging tile roof.

Located 531 Broadway & 6th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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Grand Pacific Hotel 1887 - San Diego
Grand Pacific Hotel 1887 Downtown San Diego Review

This lovely Victorian hotel is three-story structure that began serving community relief services in 1901 such as Helping Hand Home. Children's Hospital of San Diego occupied the building until 1920. It has been kept loved and enjoyed ever since.

Far East Trading Company Limited
904 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA
(619) 233-9918

Located 366 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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Ah Quin Residence 1888 - San Diego
Ah Quin Residence 1888 Downtown San Diego Review

He was known as a community leader and a businessman. He was respected throughout his community, and was one of the first who helped with forming good relations with the white establishment during his time. Ah Quin and his wife Sue had their two story-home on 3rd Street and raised a family of twelve children. Quin's home no longer exists, but the building that housed the Quin family produce business remains next door. He was a highly respected member of the early Chinese community holding the unofficial of "Mayor of Chinatown." Being able to speak bilingual, he was a spokesman for the community and all those who needed him. Sadly he was killing by being struck by a motorcycle in 1914.

Located at 429 3rd Avenue at the Gas Lamp Quarters

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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Chinese Mission Building 1927 - San Diego
Chinese Mission Building 1927 Downtown San Diego Review

This building was a place where Chinese immigrants, mostly men could learn English and find employment. Religious instruction and living quarters were also provided here now it houses the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Ave
San Diego, Ca 92101
619-338-9888

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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Bancroft Building  1870-1887 - San Diego
Bancroft Building 1870-1887 Downtown San Diego Review

Hubert Howe Bancroft moved to Market Street in 1870 after the completion of a lavish 5 story building, here he developed the largest combined mercantile and manufacturing, wholesale and retail, book, stationery and publishing business in the world. It was often called the Bancroft Library or Pacific Library. Sadly this building burned in 1886, but fortunately, the library had been moved from the fifth floor of the Market Street location to a specially constructed fire-proofed brick building on Valencia Street. Hubert Howe Bancroft formed two new companies: The History Company, and the Bancroft Company. In August 1887, under these new imprints, the production, publication, and marketing of Bancroft's Works resumed in the rebuilt quarters at 723 Market Street, known thereafter as the History Building. Business ended in 1897.(retrived 22/11/09 from the www.oac.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt8779n9js;developer=local;query=;style=oac4;doc.view=entire_text)

It's other lives include the AZTEC THEATER and now it houses the
Pacific Gaslamp 15
701 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 United States

Located at 665 5th Ave San Diego, Ca 92101

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2009
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Backesto Building 1873 - San Diego
Backesto Building 1873 Downtown San Diego Review

The Architects were Burgett and Osgood who designed it in Classical Revival at the cost of $300.00. The lot was bought by Dr. John Pierce Backesto in 1867. The building didn’t get finished until 1873, but modified in 1887. It was one of nicest buildings during its day. It had tenants such as clothiers, milliners, jewelers, a grocery store, liquor store, general merchandisers, hardware store, real estate offices, photographer's studio, and ship chandlers and steamship companies.

The upper floor housed 39 sleeping rooms. San Diego's pioneer grocer Klauber and Levi occupied the ground floor from 1878 to 1886. San Diego Hardware in 1892 opened here, but by 1923 relocated to a store farther up Fifth Avenue.

The upper floor were turned into business offices. The ground floor is occupied by various commercial businesses including restaurants and a market.

Located 614 5th Ave in Gas Lamp Quarters.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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Old City Hall 1874 - San Diego
Old City Hall 1874 Downtown San Diego Review

Built in 1874 with only two stories, the Old City Hall is of Florentine-Italianate style. Two more floors were added in 1887. Rooms are 16 feet high, 12 foot windows framed with brick arches. The interior has antique columns, ornate ceilings, a wrought-iron cage elevator, and a skylight on the fourth floor. Originally constructed to house the Consolidated National Bank, but when the top two floors were finished the Public Library moved in the third floor. The City purchased the building in 1891 from Ralph Granger. The San Diego City Government offices were moved into the building. Edwin Capp was the first Mayor to serve in this building, but unfortunately was involved in a scandal over profit-making on the purchase of a smallpox vaccine for the public.

Louis Wilde was another hoot of a Mayor in 1917 who donated the Horton Plaza fountain to the City. He had even renamed D Street to Broadway. He owned the U.S. Grant Hotel and it was where he lived. He hosted a debutante ball in 1920 for his daughter Lucille at the Hotel del Coronado where The Prince of Wales was a guest. Mayor Wilde used this gala to snubbed his political enemies by not inviting them to this event. This building was completely restore to its former glory in the 1980’s.

Jimmy Love's restaurant and bar
672 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-0123
The third and fourth floors lofts.

Located 644 5th & G, SW Corner in Gas Lamp Quarters.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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Pierce-Field Building 1885 - San Diego
Pierce-Field Building 1885 Downtown San Diego Review

An example of a typical retail structure of the 19th century. The Reed Wyman Hardware Company was managed by E.C. Field and J.C. Field. In 1908 they formed their own hardware store. Deliveries were made by a sidewalk access to the basement. A slide carried the merchandise to the basement and a pulley system was use to send merchandise to the street level. A butcher shop, adult book store, and men’s furnishings have also been tenants.

Located 753 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 22, 2009
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