List of San Diego Historic Landmarks
This is a List of San Diego Historic Landmarks. In 1967, the City of San Diego established a Historical Resources Board with the authority to designate and protect landmarks from inappropriate alterations. In total, the city has designated more than 1,000 structures or other properties as Historic Landmarks. Many of the properties have also received recognition at the federal level by inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places or by designation as National Historic Landmarks.
Listing of San Diego Historic Landmarks
|SDHL #||Landmark name||Image||Address||Designation Date||Description|
|1||El Prado Area||Balboa Park
||9/7/1967||Long, wide promenade running through the center of Balboa Park, lined with Spanish Revival buildings including the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Art Institute, the Natural History Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and Timken Museum of Art|
|2||Old Mission Dam & Flume (Padre Dam)||Mission Trails Park, Fr. Serra Trail
||2/1/196||The first major irrigation project on the Pacific coast, this stone and cement dam was used for a sawmill and irrigation at the Mission San Diego de Alcalá; now part of Mission Trails Regional Park, the largest municipal park in California|
|3||Fort Stockton||Presidio Park, Old Town||February 15, 1968||Site fortified by Carlos Carrillo in 1828; named Fort Stockton and became headquarters for ending the Californio revolt of 1847|
|4||Presidio of San Diego Site||Presidio Park
||February 29, 1968||Fort established by Spanish forces in 1769 was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Coast; the first of the presidios and base of operations for the Spanish colonization of California|
|5||Calvary Cemetery Site||Pioneer Park, Mission Hills||February 29, 1968||Part of Pioneer Park in Mission Hills, it was in use between 1875 and 1919; converted from a cemetery to a public park in the early 1970s|
|6||New San Diego (Dunnell's)||348 W. "F" St.||January 23, 1969|
|7||Pantoja Park||Downtown, Marina District||January 23, 1969||Built in 1850, it is the oldest park in downtown San Diego; located on G Street at India Street.|
|8||Sherman-Gilbert House||Heritage Park, Old Town||8/7/1969||Stick Eastlake house with "widow's walk" and circular window; moved to Heritage Park in Old Town in 1971 through the efforts of Save Our Heritage Organisation|
|9||Davis-Horton House||402 Island Ave, Gaslamp Qtr.||11/2/1969|
|10||Torrey Pines Area||Torrey Pines State Reserve||November 21, 1969||Coastal park La Jolla, it remains one of the wildest stretches of land (8 km²) on the Southern California coast; consists of a plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach, and a lagoon used by migrating seabirds|
|11||Villa Montezuma||1925 K St.
||2/6/197||Victorian mansion built in 1887 by musician, spiritualist and author Jesse Shepard (later known as Francis Grierson)|
|12||San Pasqual Battlefield Site||San Pasqual Valley||11/6/1970||Site where, in 1846, Stephen W. Kearny's US Army column defeated the Californios, and their Presidial Lancers, led by General Don Andrés Pico; now the San Pasqual Valley community|
|13||Montgomery Memorial Park||Bounded by Palm Ave, Beyer Blvd, and Coronado Ave||11/6/1970||Park honoring John Joseph Montgomery whose glider flight in 1883 at Otay Mesa was the first successful flight of a heavier than air craft; monument in the shape of a wing marks the site of the event|
|14||Old Town San Diego State Historic Park||Jct. of US 5 and US 80
||11/6/1970||State historic park preserves and recreates San Diego's old town, from shortly after the Mexican War of Independence during its pueblo Alta California period beginning in 1821, through the Bear Flag Revolt, the American period, and ending in 1872, 22 years after statehood|
|14A||Casa de Estudillo||4000 Mason St., Old Town
||11/6/1970||Adobe house constructed in 1827 by José María Estudillo and his son José Antonio, early settlers of San Diego, was considered one of the finest houses in Mexican California|
|14B||Casa de Cota||NW corner of Twiggs and Congress, Old Town||11/6/1970|
|14C||Casa de Bandini||2660 Calhoun St., Old Town||11/6/1970||Large U-shaped house built in 1829 by Juan Bandini; later converted to use as a store and, in 1869, the Cosmopolitan Hotel|
|14D||Casa de Pedrorena||2616 San Diego Ave., Old Town||11/6/1970|
|14E||Casa de Machado-Silvas (de la Bandera)||2741 San Diego Ave., Old Town||11/6/1970|
|14F||Congress Hall Site||426 Calhoun St. & 408 Wallace St., Old Town|
|14G||Casa de Machado-Stewart||2724 Congress St., Old Town||11/6/1970|
|14H||Mason Street School||3960 Mason St., Old Town||11/6/1970|
|14I||The Exchange Hotel Site||San Diego Ave (Southside facing Plaza), Old Town|
|15||Chapel of the Immaculate Conception||3950 Conde Street, Old Town||11/6/1970||Other than the San Diego Mission, the oldest church in San Diego; built in the 1850s as a home; converted to a church by Don Jose Antonio Aguirre in 1858; the fictional lovers in the novel "Ramona" were married here|
|16||Whaling Station Site||Ballast Point Peninsula||11/6/1970||Shore station where whale blubber was bioled down for the oil in the 1850s and 1860s, halfway out on the inner beach of Ballast Point|
|17||Lighthouse of 1854||Cabrillo National Monument||11/6/1970||Lighthouse built at the mouth of San Diego Bay from 1854–1855; remained in service until 1891; restored and re-lit by the National Park Service in 1984|
|18||Gill House||3776 Front St.||7/2/1971||Single-story house designed in 1907 by noted modern architect Irving Gill for Melville and Amy Salz Klauber|
|19||Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery||Point Loma Peninsula||11/6/1970||National military cemetery overlooking the bay and the city; remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Battle of San Pasqual were moved there in 1882|
|20||Ballast Point||La Playa Peninsula||11/6/1970|
|21||Casa de Lopez||3890 Twiggs, Old Town||11/6/1970|
|22||Old La Playa Site||Bayside of Pt. Loma||11/6/1970|
|23||Fort Rosecrans Site||Point Loma Peninsula||11/6/1970||Fort established in 1852; designated as a monument after World War II|
|24||Whaley House||2482 San Diego Ave., Old Town||11/6/1970|
|25||Serra Palm Site||Taylor St. (Presidio Gardens), Old Town||11/6/1970|
|26||Old Spanish Cemetery||San Diego Ave and Arista St., Old Town||11/6/1970|
|27||Fort Guijarros||Near base of Ballast Point Peninsula||11/6/1970||Spanish fort built in 1797 on Ballast Point as the first defensive fortifications for San Diego Bay; name means "Fort Cobblestones"; involved in the Battle of San Diego, a naval battle with an American trading vessel|
|28||Derby Dike Site||Foot of Presidio Hill, Old Town||11/6/1970|
|29||Mule Hill Site||Four miles SW of Escondido||11/6/1970|
|30||San Diego Barracks Site||Kettner Blvd. "G" and Market Street||11/6/1970|
|31||Kate O. Sessions Nursery Site||Pico and Balboa, Pacific Beach||11/6/1970|
|32||Derby-Pendleton House||2482 San DiegoAve/4017 Harney, Old Town||11/6/1970|
|33||Spanish Landing Site||North Shore of San Diego Bay near old mouth of S.D. River||11/6/1970|
|34||Gatewood House||2515 San Diego Ave, Old Town||11/6/1970|
|35||Presidio Excavation Site||Presidio Park, Old Town||11/6/1970||Excavation project at the Presidio begun by the San Diego Historical Society in 1965, uncovered chapel foundations, animal bones, sea shells, potsherds and other material|
|36||Emmet House Site||3919 Twiggs St, Old Town||11/6/1970|
|37||Long-Waterman House||2408 1st Ave.
||12/4/1970||Queen Anne style Victorian mansion built in the late 19th century for John Long, president of the Coronado Fruit Package Company; later owned by Robert Whitney Waterman, 17th governor of California|
|38||Timken House||2508 First Ave||12/4/1970||Queen Anne style Victorian mansion where the art collection in the Timken Museum was originally displayed|
|39||Quartermass Wilde House||2404 E. Broadway||12/4/1970||Built in 1896, a classic revival style castle containing 8,800 square feet (820 m2). Built in 1896, it is now used as professional offices|
|40||George W. Marston House||3525 7th Ave.
||12/4/1970||Arts and crafts mansion designed by Irving Gill and completed in 1905; operated as a museum starting in 1987; closed due to lack of funding, February 2009|
|41||Frederick R. Burnham House||3563 Seventh Ave.
||12/4/1970||American Craftsman style bungalow home built in 1907 for Frederick Russell Burnham; also known as the Burnham-Marston House|
|42||Casa de Aguirre||2604 San Diego Ave, Old Town||12/4/1970|
|43||Gila House Site||3940 Harney St., Old Town||12/4/1970|
|44||Franciscan Garden Site||Taylor St. (Presidio Gardens) Old Town||12/4/1970|
|45||San Pasqual Grave Site||Trias bet. Hancock and Moore, Old Town||12/4/1970|
|46||Cobblestone Jail Site||Haraszthy Jail, Old Town||12/4/1970|
|47||Protestant Cemetery Site||Ampudia Street, OldTown||12/4/1970|
|48||Hebrew Cemetery Site||Kenyon Street||12/4/1970|
|49||Melville-Klauber House||3060 Sixth Ave||January 22, 1971||House designed by Irving Gill and built from 1907–08; its smooth walls and clean openings became trademarks of Gill's later works|
|50||Arthur Marston House||3575 7th Ave||January 22, 1971||Built in 1907, one of several houses designed by Irving Gill in the 3500 block of 7th Ave.|
|51||Horton Plaza and Broadway Fountain||Broadway between 3rd and 4th Avenues||March 19, 1971|
|52||Britt-Scripps House||406 Maple St.||10/1/1971||Victorian mansion built by E. Britt 1887 and purchased by E.W.Scripps 1897 in the Scripps family for 40 years. Now a private residence.|
|53||Florence Hotel Tree||Grape between Third and Fourth||12/3/1971|
|54||Brooklyn Hotel (Kahles Saddlery) (Horton Grand Hotel)||325 Island Ave||1/7/1972|
|55||Jennings House||1018 Rosecrans||1/7/1972||Simple frame house built in 1886|
|56||Santa Fe Depot||1050 Kettner St.
||2/4/1972||Train station built in 1915 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to accommodate visitors to the Panama-California Exposition; still an active depot for Amtrak, San Diego Trolley, and San Diego buses|
|57||H.E. Watts House||1767 Second Ave.||5/4/1972|
|58||Livingston House Site||March 3, 1972|
|59||Litgow-Hackett Torrey Pine||1534 First Ave||March 3, 1972|
|60||Ford Building||Balboa Park, Palisades Area
||4/7/1972||Streamline Moderne structure in Balboa Park designed by Walter Dorwin Teague and sponsored by Ford Motor Company for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935; stylized after a V8 engine; now home to the San Diego Air & Space Museum|
|61||Horton's Addition Block 252||Bounded by First Ave., Grape, Front and Fir Streets||5/10/1972|
|62||Lee House No. 2||3353 Albatross St.||5/10/1972|
|63||Lee House No. 4||3367 Albatross St.||5/10/1972|
|64||Teats House No. 2||3415 Albatross||5/10/1972|
|65||Teats House No. 3||3407 Albatross St.||5/10/1972|
|66||Backesto Block||614 Fifth Ave.||6/2/1972||Built in 1873, it was at the heart of New Town's business district; grocery and general merchandise store in the 1870s and 1880s; later San Diego Hardware|
|67||Hubbell Building||813 Fifth Ave.||6/2/1972|
|68||Marston Building||809 Fifth Ave.||6/2/1972|
|69||McGurck Block||611 Fifth Ave.||6/2/1972||Italiante Revival commercial building in Gaslamp Quarter was site of the Ferris and Ferris Drug Store from 1903–1984; upper floors were as a hotel; now houses Z Gallerie|
|70||I.O.O.F. Building||526 Market St.
||6/2/1972||Commercial building in the Gaslamp Quarter built in 1882|
|71||Keating Building||432 "F" St.||6/2/1972||Romanesque style commercial structure in Gaslamp Quarter built in 1890; early tenants included the San Diego Savings Bank, the public library and the Humane Society|
|72||Nesmith-Greely Building||825–831 Fifth Ave||6/2/1972|
|73||Louis Bank of Commerce||835-345 Fifth Ave||6/2/1972|
|74||Yuma Building||631–633 Fifth Ave||6/2/1972||Structure in Gaslamp Quarter built in 1886 with ornate facade|
|75||Johnson-Taylor Adobe of Rancho de los Penasquitos||Rancho Peñasquitos||8/4/1972|
|76||Spreckels Theater||123 W. Broadway
||8/4/1972||Theater designed by Harrison Albright for John D. Spreckels; touted as "the first modern commercial playhouse west of the Mississippi" at opening in 1912|
|77||Balboa Theatre||868 4th Ave.
||8/4/1972||Built in 1924 as a grand movie palace; converted to housing for the U.S. Navy during World War II; re-opened in 2005 as a live theater and concert venue|
|78||Weldon Glasson House (Chateau de Toman)||3139 Franklin Ave||11/3/1972||Built in 1880, the oldest house in the Logan Heights area|
|79||La Jolla Women's Club||715 Silverado St||3/2/1973||Clubhouse building designed by Irving Gill and built in 1914|
|80||Adobe Falls||Portion Lot 67 Part. Map of Ranch Mission||4/6/1973||Adobe Falls is a multi-level waterfall on the San Diego River, north of Interstate 8 and San Diego State University. The rocks have been covered with graffiti.|
|81||Piedras Pintados||Northwest corner Rancho Bernardo||4/6/1973|
|82||Temple Beth Israel||Heritage Park, Old Town||6/1/1973||Temple Beth Israel is San Diego's first synagogue. It is located in Heritage Park in San Diego's Old Town area. The first services held here were on September 25, 1889.|
|83||San Diego Steam Laundry||1157 Columbia||6/1/1973|
|84||Green Dragon Colony Site||1258–1274 Prospect St, La Jolla||7/6/1973||Group of 12 coastal cottages built by German immigrant Anna Held Heinrich; became an artists colony|
|85||Hayward-Patterson House||2148 Broadway||9/7/1973|
|86||La Jolla Recreational Center||615 Prospect Street, La Jolla||9/7/1973||Built in 1915 by Ellen Browning-Scripps and dedicated that same year to the City of San Diego for the children of La Jolla|
|87||El Cuervo Adobe||West end of Rancho de los Penasquitos||10/5/1973|
|88||First National Bank||Fifth Ave & E Street||10/5/1973|
|89||Plunge||Belmont Park, Mission Beach||12/7/1973|
|90||Mission Beach Roller Coaster||3000 Mission Blvd.
||12/7/1973||Wooden roller coaster built in 1925 in Belmont Park on Mission Beach; also known as the Giant Dipper|
|91||Merry-go-round||Belmont Park, Mission Beach||12/7/1973|
|92||Spencer Ogden Building||750 Fifth Ave||3/1/1974|
|93||Llewelyn Building||722–728 Fifth Ave||4/5/1974|
|94||Judge Torrance House||136 Juniper Street||4/5/1974|
|95||Grand-Horton Hotel||325 Island Ave||4/5/1974|
|96||Golden West Hotel||720 Fourth Ave||9/6/1974|
|97||Mary Cassitt House (No. 4)||3526 Seventh Ave||10/4/1974|
|98||Teats House (No. 1)||3560 Seventh Ave||10/4/1974|
|99||Alice Lee Residence||3578 Seventh Ave||10/4/1974|
|100||House Lot D, Block 234 Horton Addition||1929 Front Street||11/1/1974|
|101||Red Roost and Red Rest||1187 and 1179 Coast Blvd., La Jolla
||1/3/1975||Built in 1894, oldest surviving examples of late-Victorian beach cottage architecture; vacant since 1917 and subject of controversy over "demolition by neglect"|
|102||Tyrolean Terrace Colony||1290–1298 Prospect St, La Jolla||2/7/1975||Demolished for Coast Walk Shopping Center|
|103||Cole Block||660 Fifth Ave.||5/2/1975||Commercial block in Gaslamp Quarter built in 1892 by Albert Cole; early tenants included Theopile Verlaque, who ran a liquor store at the corner and developed San Diego's wine-making industry|
|104||Sherman-Doig House||136 W Fir Street||7/11/1975|
|105||San Diego Rowing Club||525 E Harbor Drive||7/11/1975|
|106||Waldo Waterman Monument||Corner of Maple & Albatross Streets (northerly terminus)||8/1/1975|
|107||Cliff Mansion||1203 Sunset Cliffs Blvd||12/5/1975||Mediterranean style house built from 1926–1928 by John Mills|
|108||Pottery Canyon Park||2725 Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla||2/6/1976|
|109||Buckner Hotel||765 10th Avenue||4/2/1976|
|110||Kiessig Corner||1401–1419 2nd, 222 Ash||7/9/1976|
|111||U.S. Custom and Court House||325 West F Street||7/9/1976|
|112||Theosophical Institute||3900 Lomaland Drive||8/6/1976||Commune based on theosophy founded at Point Loma in 1897 by Katherine Tingley; became known as Lomaland, a regional center for the arts; now the site of Point Loma Nazarene University; buildings include Spaulding Home, Greek Theatre, Beaver Home, Lotus Home, and Madam Tingley Home|
|113||Mission San Diego de Alcalá||5 mi (8.0 km). E of Old Town San Diego on Friars Rd.
||8/6/1976||Site of the first Christian burial in Alta California; Father Luís Jayme, "California's First Christian Martyr," lies entombed beneath the chancel floor; the current church is the fourth to stand on this location|
|114||McConaughy House||Heritage Park, Old Town||11/5/1976|
|115||Hearne Surgical Hospital (Ashforth Building)||420 Ash Street||12/3/1976|
|116||Spruce Street Suspension Bridge||Spruce Street between Front & Brant Streets||1/7/1977|
|117||El Pueblo Ribera||230–248 Gravilla St.||2/4/1977|
|118||Charles A. Martin House||3147 Front Street||3/4/1977|
|119||George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory||8602 La Jolla Shores Dr.
||5/6/1977||Oldest oceanographic research building in continuous use in the United States built in 1909, as part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the nation's first oceanographic institute founded in 1903|
|120||Tucker House||2470 Union Street||7/8/1977|
|121||Rynearson House/Mansion||2441-43 E Street||8/5/1977|
|122||Faulk-Klauber House||3000 E Street||1/6/1978|
|123||Residence at 1632 Union Street||1632 Union Street||2/3/1978|
|124||Fulford Bungalow No.14||2516 San Marcos Ave.||6/2/1978|
|125||Fulford Bungalow No. 24||2518 San Marcos Ave.
|126||Fulford Bungalow No. 34||2520 San Marcos Ave.
|127||Gaslamp Quarter Historic District||4th & 6th Avenues, Broadway and the Santa Fe R.R. Tracks
||6/2/1978||Historical neighborhood in Downtown San Diego; development began in 1867, when Alonzo Horton bought the land in hopes of creating a new city center closer to the bay; underwent urban renewal in the 1980s and 1990s|
|128||Heritage Place La Jolla||7210 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla||July 7, 1978|
|129||Sherman Judson House||1930 First Avenue||9/1/1978|
|130||Greater Golden Hill Historic District||Russ Blvd on North, Hwy 94 on South, 25th St on East, and 24th on West||10/6/1978|
|131||Western Metal Building||215 Seventh Ave||11/3/1978||This building was rehabilitated and incorporated into PETCO Park, including the brick facades, wood windows, vault and heavy timber frame.|
|132||Watts Building||520 E St.
|133||Galusha B. Grow Cottage||7210 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla||February 16, 1979|
|134||Chaplain's Residence||836 Washington St.
||February 2, 1979|
|135||Medico-Dental Building||233 A St.
|136||Broderick-Kenny House||2133 Second Ave||5/4/1979|
|137||Royal Pie Bakery||560 Fourth Avenue||6/1/1979|
|138||Gorham House||2040–2042 Kearney Ave.
|139||Elk's Hall||350 Cedar St.
|140||Robert E. Lee Hotel, Lyceum Theater, Commodore Hotel||815 3rd Ave. (Hotel); 314 F St. (Theater)
||1/11/1980||Demolished during construction of Westfield Horton Plaza —portions reproduced|
|141||Hotel Knickerbocker||315 E Street||1/11/1980|
|142||Neresheimer-Tingley House||430 Silvergate Ave.
||3/7/1980||Victorian home built for Katherine Tingley, head of the Theosophical Institute|
|143||Chicano Park||From Crosby to Dewey to Evans St. between Logan, National, and Newton.
||3/7/1980||Park located beneath the Coronado Bridge in Logan Heights; contains 67 outdoor murals and other works|
|144||Pythian Building||211 E St. and 870 3rd Ave.
||4/8/1980||Demolished during construction of Westfield Horton Plaza|
|145||McClintock Storage Warehouse||1202 Kettner Blvd.
||7/1/1980||Stucco and concrete storage warehouse built in 1925 in the Mission Spanish Revival style; later known as the Bekings Building|
|146||Stough-Beckett Cottage||2203 Denver St.
|147||Marin Hotel||552 Fifth Ave.
|148||Hawthorne Inn||2121 1st Ave.
|149||Garrettson House||2366 Front St.
|150||Chinese Benevolent Society Building||426 3rd Ave.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in San Diego County
- List of San Diego Historical Landmarks in La Jolla, California
- List of San Diego Historic Landmarks in the Point Loma and Ocean Beach areas
- Numbers are as designated in the San Diego Municipal Ordinance. Blue colors represent higher designations as National Historic Landmarks and listing on the National Register of Historic Places; yellow represents sites that are San Diego Historic Landmarks without a higher designation. No color represents delisted monuments.
- "Historical Landmarks Designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board". City of San Diego.
- Various sources cited in articles, retrieved on various dates.
- Lindsey, Robert (17 August 1985). "San Diego Builds a Village Just to Shop In". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Historical Landmarks Designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board from sandiego.gov as of January 25, 2013