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Gaslamp Landmarks

From leeches to lunches

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Sandee Wilhoit | Gaslamp Landmarks The McGurck Block Building, popularly known as the Ferris and Ferris Drugstore Building, was built on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street in 1887. Although the original owner, Col. Edward McGurck, acquired the property in 1876 for $50, he elected not to develop it until several years […]

Horton Grand Hotel: Then and now

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Sandee Whilhoit | Gaslamp Landmarks The beautiful Horton Grand Hotel, a Gaslamp landmark, was originally two Victorian hotels: the Grand Hotel and the Brooklyn Hotel. Both were built in the early 1880s and located on F Street. In 1907, the Grand was renamed the Horton Hotel and the Brooklyn was later renamed the Brooks-Kahle […]

Based on a classic and reborn

Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks In 1870, the original half-acre Horton Plaza Park was set aside by Downtown founder Alonzo Horton. The park was constructed across the street from his Horton House Hotel, where the US Grant Hotel now stands. Through the decades, various changes were made to the plaza and in 1908, architect Irving […]

The Nesmith-Greeley Building

Posted: June 3rd, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks On March 27, 1871, Alonzo E. Horton, the successful founder of Downtown San Diego, deeded a lot to Miss Henrietta Hadson Nesmith for $1,900 in U.S. gold coin. It was an unusually high amount for a lot, at that time. Henrietta married then Lt. Adolphus Washington Greeley, a veteran of […]

The Granger Building

Posted: May 6th, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks This building, located on the corners of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is named after Ralph Granger, a native of Connecticut whose name is prominently featured on the main entrance. Prior to coming to San Diego, Granger grubstaked for two German miners in Colorado. These miners would discover the Last Chance […]

The Keating

Posted: April 1st, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | 1 Comment

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks On Jan. 6, 1888, George J. Keating acquired the land that the future building that bears his name would eventually be built upon. Keating, a successful partner in one of the world’s largest farm implement and equipment firms, Smith and Keating, came from Kansas City, Missouri, to San Diego with […]

Odd Fellows and triple links

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks One of the Gaslamp Quarter’s most striking architectural masterpieces occupies the northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and Market Street. Built in an Italian renaissance style popular to commercial buildings in the late 1800s, the building features some fantastic architectural detailing such as Doric columns, arched windows topped with classical style […]

The Manila Café

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks The building currently occupying the address at 515 Fifth Ave., Downtown, was once home to the Manila Café and the Owl Hotel. Over the years, it has housed many businesses, including the Mandarin Café (1931 to 1933), a restaurant operated by Stanley Ming (1935 to 1938), and the Kid Jerome […]

The Fritz Building

Posted: December 4th, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks The three-story brick and steel building that occupies 756-760 Fifth Ave. is known as the Fritz Building. Louis Fritz was the founder of the famed Golden Lion Tavern, a popular eatery and saloon established in 1907. This structure, built in 1908 at a cost of $30,000, is of the Renaissance […]

Davis-Horton House

Posted: November 6th, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Jake Romero | Gaslamp Landmarks The Davis-Horton House — formerly known as the William Heath Davis House and built in 1850 — is the oldest standing structure in Downtown San Diego. It serves as the home to the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) and the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.