Downtown San Diego is filled with amazing historical sights dating as far back as the 1880’s. Gaslamp Quarter itself is a National Historic District! Check out the list below for a few buildings you don’t want to miss out on touring.
Location: 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA
Year Built: 1924
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful structure was built by businessman Robert E. Hicks and architect William H. Wheeler. The single-balcony theatre originally was able to seat 1,513 people, and featured waterfalls to provide air cooling. Today, it is an elegant theatre with frequent performances.
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Santa Fe Depot
Location: 1050 Kettner Boulevard San Diego, CA
Year Built: 1915
The Santa Fe Depot was originally opened to accommodate visitors to the Panama-California Exposition. The building style is Spanish Colonial, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, a section now houses a branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. This is a great site for both transportation and tourism purposes.
Location: 702 Ash St, San Diego, CA
Year Built: 1927
When it opened, El Cortez was the tallest building in San Diego. In the 1950’s, the world’s first outside glass elevator was built at the hotel. After undergoing some hardships in the 70’s, J. Peter Block Companies worked to restore the building. Today it offers one to two bedroom condos and features two sun terraces, a restored 1950’s pool, and a gym.
Louis Bank of Commerce
Location: 835 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA
Year Built: 1888
Louis Bank of Commerce is San Diego’s first granite building, pre-built on the east coast and sent to San Diego. It is classic Baroque Revival Architecture. Over the years, its has transformed from a bank, to an oyster bar, to a hotel, and it is now considered the Jewel of the Gaslamp.
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Location: 631 5th Avenue
Year Built: 1882
Yuma Building was originally built as an office building containing 16 office rooms with bay windows and a large skylight. The offices were later turned into furnished rooms. The building was on the market for about $5M in 2011, and featured two master bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, library and private outdoor garden.