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    Marston Building 1881

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2009

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    Mr. Marston had a successful business one building to the left next door, so it was time to move up to make room for his department store. He moved into this building and was here till 1896. The San Diego Federal Savings moved in 1885. Sadly the building experienced a fire in 1903, but it was retored. It was here the first Gas Lamp was placed on the corner in 1885 until in 1886 the first electric arc lamp was illuminated here.

    Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge Restaurant
    801 Fifth Avenue,
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619-233-1183

    Located 809 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    Hubbell Building 1887

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    This is three story brick building constructed in Victorian style. The lower floor has been used mainly for retail particularly clothing stores. Some of the more notable shops were The Arcade, specializing in ladies fancy goods, City of Paris Clothing, and George Marston’s Gentlemen’s Furnishings. Marston was very successful in San Diego and operated here until it moved into its own building next door. The upper floors were leased to the Grand Army of the Republic from 1904 to 1926.

    Now the ground floor has a wonderful Italian restaurant which is one of restaurant tips, and another business next to it.

    de’ Medici
    815 5th Ave
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 702-7228

    The Grape
    823 5th Ave, San Diego, Ca 92101
    619-238-8010

    Located 813-823 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    Nesmith-Greeley Building 1888

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2009

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    Named for the Henrietta in 1888, who the daughter of a San Diego businessman Thomas Nesmith, and her husband Lt. Adolphus Washington Greeley. The architect was Comstock and Trotsche, designed in Romanesque Revival. Mr. Nesmith was president the Bank of San Diego until 1879 when the bank merged with the Commercial Bank. He was also president of the Citizen's Committee of 40 in 1870 who were trying to get the railroad extended here. Mr. Greeley was known for his Arctic adventures that reached the farthest navigational point in the north. In the 1900’s Ada Pierce occupied several floors ran a lodging house known as The Normandie.

    Now the upper floors are for rent and ground floor is a restaurant.

    Urban Bar & Grill
    827 5th Ave
    San DiegoCA 92101
    619-235-8700

    Located 825 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    Louis Bank of Commerce 1888

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    This beautiful building is my favorite. I was immediately drawn to it. The last time I was down here with my neice and my sister it was night time and my poor little camera didn't take the best nightime picture.

    This wonderful Baroque Revival four story building was named after Isador Louis, an enterprising German. The first granite building of San Diego housed the Bank of Commerce with a capital stock of $500,000. Its purpose was to loaned money out for real estate ventures. Louis opened an oyster bar in 1893 and this because a favorite haunt of Wyatt Earp. Upstairs had 33 rooms rented out as lodging quarters. During its Golden Poppy Hotel era, it was operated by Madam Coara, a well-known brothel. The ladies wore the same color their doors were painted. It remained a hotel until 1946. In 1947, Mr. Ratner bought it 1947 who had an electric company and known as "The House of a Thousand lights."
    This was lovingly restored to its hey-day. The three-sided bay windows are decorated with cast terra cotta and carved wood. The front has edge-roof frieze of sheet metal. The second and third floors have stone spandrel with motif carvings. The original stacked molding cornice with twin mansard-roof towers had decorative eagles with outstretched wings on them were lost in a fire in 1904. These lovely pieces have been restored in 2001. Now located in this building is a restaurant, a night club in the basement, and the upper floors are office spaces.

    G5 - Georges
    835 5th Ave
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 702-0444

    Faces Night Club and Lounge
    835 5th Ave San Diego, Ca 92101
    619-238-7191

    Located 835-837 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    Keating Building 1890

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    This lovely building was built by Fannie Keating after her husband died in 1888. He was part of the famous Smith & Keating farm equipment company. She chose the Reid Brothers as architect who also did the Hotel del Coronado. The building boasted the Romanesque Revival and included the state of art features during its hey-day as having steam heat and a wire cage elevator at the cost of $135,000. Sadly the elevator is gone. Famous tenants such as Lawyers, Babcock, Paterbaugh and Luce, Henry Lord Gay, founder of the American Institute of Architects; T.J. Sloan, photographer; San Diego Trust and Savings Bank and the City Library. It was restored and in the 1970’s Jim Croce’s widow started a restaurant/jazz club, which is still popular. Since 1997 the Carriage Stop Café occupies the "F" Street side. It is also the The Keating Hotel which is very trendy.

    The Keating Hotel
    432 F Street Ave
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619.814.5700

    Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar
    802 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619-233-4355

    Carriage Stop Cafe
    430 F St. Ave
    (619) 239-8080
    Expresso Bar/Carriage Rides

    Located corner of 5th & F Street in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    Merchantile Building 1894

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    This building is an extension of the Ingersoll Tutton building to the north. This buiding houses many type of retail businesses, A.M. Ingersoll Ice Cream and Confectioners store that operated from 1895-1906.

    Many of these beautiful buildings have regular businesses on the ground floor and the top floors are being converted to rental properties or condos.

    Located 822 5th Ave in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    Ingersoll Tutton Building 1894

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    This beautiful building was touted as being the most expenisive to build for its size during the hey-day of the Gas Lamp Quarters at the price of $20,000. It is of Romanesque architecture with 16-foot ceilings, huge glass windows, arched windows second floor, beautiful corbelled brickwork. It is know for having a notorious tenants was Dr. W. Kingsley, who illegally dispensing drugs in 1931.

    Many of these beautiful buildings have regular businesses on the ground floor and the top floors are being converted to rental properties or condos.

    Located 832 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.

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    San Diego Hardware 1910

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    This building was a dance hall and a Woolworth store. The building still has its Woolworth design with wood floors, tin ceilings (which survived the scrap metal war effort) and distinctive rounded storefront windows. San Diego Hardware was established in 1892, but moved to this located around 1922.

    Now this lovely building is being used as the
    American Apparel
    840 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92101

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    First National Bank 1884

    by Yaqui Written Nov 22, 2009

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    Architect was A.W. Delane in Baroque Revival. Built in 1884 as a one story building, a second and third was added in 1886 when it became the bank. Vaults and safety deposit boxes are still in the basement with some of boxes are supposely still sealed. The bank shared the building with the Coronado Beach Co. Then around the 1900's San Diego Trust and Savings Bank moved in. Then from 1922-71 Security Pacific National Bank operated from here.

    Many of these beautiful buildings have regular businesses on the ground floor and the top floors are being converted to rental properties or condos.

    The building is the Osetra Watergrill
    904 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92101

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    Quiet plane watching on TweetStreet Park

    by OpernKatz Updated Mar 21, 2009

    There are cute little parks hiding around downtown San Diego. TweetStreet Park is a thin strip park on the hill overlooking I-5 just north of Date Street in Cortez Hill neighborhood (head to the El Cortez Hotel, then drive north on 7th or 8th or 9th Avenue and you'll run right into it). There is a wiggly concrete walkway lined with trees and benches; bird houses tucked all over the places, and there are 2 sections with brightly colored fake fire hydrants for the dogs along with a good little playground on the east end of the park.

    You can see the planes line up on their final approach to Lindberg Field (they don't fly over this place, but pass it to the north). At the cul de sac to the east there are east-facing benches where you can sit and watch the planes line up right at you before veering off to the left as they get closer. Pretty cool... and pretty quiet most of the time.

    East-facing bench at cul de sac for plane-watching Tweet Street is a dog-friendly park Playground on Tweet Street Park in Cortez Hill
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    "Master and Commander"

    by IceBear7 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    Down by the water, a pathway called the Embarcadero is busy with joggers, roller-bladers and kite flyers. Some old ships - like the Star of India on my intro page - attract visitors, and artists have decorated the promenade walk with artificial artistic trees (see travelogue). But one ugly old ship is getting little attention, although it has the biggest story to tell: the HMS Surprise was the ship in the recent movie Master and Commander and sailed the world with its captain Russel Crowe.

    Now open for visit on the Maritime Museum Tour.

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    Architecture

    by Sophie1980 Written Jul 8, 2004

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    There's a hell of a lot of construction and building going on right now in SD, and I think for the better. A lot of art deco, really creative houses and beautiful apartments. Wander around the area between the Gaslamp Quarter trolley stop and the Seaport trolley stop. It's peaceful, away from anything touristy, devoid of shops and very interesting.

    A peaceful walk

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    Ken Cinema

    by rootie Updated Apr 14, 2004

    This is a single-screen theatre home to independent and foreign films. Located in Kensington, Ken Cinema is a welcome sight in San Diego, especially in the evenings.

    Warning though. The ladies' bathroom is horribly small. I dare any one who can fit in the stall closest to the door.

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    Big tree

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    Look at this big tree on my picture which grows in a yard just by somebody's house - nothing interesting? - look at the next picture.

    I found this tree inside someone's yard - just walk around huge residential areas and look around !

    BIG  TREE
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    Big fruit on a big tree

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    Take a closer look at this tree now. Can you see that big fruit? - click my photo to enlarge and/or put your glasses on :-).

    It's as large as new-born baby's head. Do you know what's that?
    It's an avocado, a REED AVOCADO. They are the biggest and best tasting of any avocado I’ve ever had. Hmm... they are smaller, worse and very expensive (luxury food, I could say hehe) at my homecountry.

    BIG  SECRET  FRUIT
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