Gaslamp Landmarks

From bank to zoo

Posted: September 7th, 2018 | Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | No Comments

By Sandee Wilhoit | Gaslamp Landmarks The Granger Building Once again, it is summertime in America’s Finest City, and many San Diegans clamor to spend time outdoors enjoying the many attractions it offers. Unique to San Diego is the world-famous San Diego Zoo, which actually got its start in the Gaslamp in the historic Granger Building.

The Sun Café: from corpses to cantina

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Gaslamp Landmarks | 1 Comment

By Sandee Wilhoit

The early history of Lot A/Block 082/95, where the Sun Cafe currently sits, is a most circuitous one. On March 18, 1869, Alonzo Horton sold the property to Mary C. Smith, who promptly sold it to E.P. Figg, who then returned it to Mrs. Smith, who resold it to Mr. Horton.

Mr. Horton then relinquished his interest in the property to William S. McNealy and James McCoy on Nov. 11, 1872, for $1,000 in gold coin. Both of these gentlemen were very active in early San Diego civic and business affairs.