I recently went on a tour of this Arts & Crafts Style house built in 1905. One of the architects was Irving Gill who went on to become well known for his mid-century modern style. It was built for George Marston who founded the famous Marston Department stores in San Diego.  He was an important contributor to the development of San Diego and quite an important philanthropist to the city’s cultural heritage.  That earned him the title of “San Diego’s First Citizen”. His daughters (he had 5) lived in the house until their death at which time it would become owned by the city.  The oldest lived to 108.  I love the arts & crafts style, especially the pottery and furniture, and the house has many modern features that were ahead of its time.  You can go on tours and find it at the northern end of Balboa Park.

 

 


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