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
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.
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
828 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Located 844 6th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.
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
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
Located 809 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.
In 1910 this site became home to W.H. Sorrille’s Dream Theatre, which continued to operate until 1924. At this time proprietorship passed was passed to Leon Bradler who kept it open for six more years as the U.S. Theatre. In 1931, the vacant one story brick building underwent extensive alterations which resulted in its present appearance. The structure was later home to a men’s furnishings, an adult book store, and restaurant.
755 5th Ave, San Diego, Ca 92101
Located 755 5th Avenue in Gas Lamp Quarters.
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.
Between 1927 and the 1950's the El Cortez Hotel was the tallest building in San Diego. Today, it is the 28th tallest. Over the years it has changed occupations and declined in repairs. To protect this iconic landmark when the El Cortez Hotel was threatened by demolition the San Diego Historic Site Board designated it an historic site in 1990 and in 2002 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Besides it being the tallest in town, two other distinctions made this Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styled building stand out, the exterior glass elevator, and a moving sidewalk known as the Travolator.
This is no longer a hotel, but the famous and beautiful Don Room and the gardens, just outside, is still used as a private events venue. Planning a wedding in San Diego? This would be a lovely site for the reception.
Anyone interested in architecture can see this gem at:
702 Ash Street, downtown San Diego.
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.
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.
Take the elevator to the 40th floor to get to the Top of the Hyatt lounge (the tallest spot in downtown San Diego) and survey the terrain. You can stand at the hall windows without spending a penny—but hey, there’s a bar right there with high-backed club chairs. Why not stop for a drink and plot your next stroll?
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 !
The Star of India, located on the waterfront near downtown, does not have the natural appeal of a zoo or Sea World. It is, however, an interesting and educational historic ship which reveals the hardships that travelers faced at the turn of the last century, and in the days of the clipper ships. While we were visiting, the ship had a pirate exhibition that did capture the imagination of my young boys.
Horton Plaza is not exactly a shopping mall but that is closest thing I can compare it to. It is part indoor and part out door with lots of walkways and bridges. It is an easy place to get lost in... I did. Horton Plaza is down town near the GasLamp Quarter.
Seaport Village seen from the Ferry. I liked the way that Old Town, Sea Port Village, Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy each seemed to have their own style. All these places in the same city but each one is very unique.