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Thursday, May 25, 2023


During May (Preservation Month nationally) or any month join SOHOs expert docents every third Sunday of the month as they weave historical tales of the Marston House and nearby Bankers Hill and of one of San Diego's greatest architects, Irving J. Gill. 

 SOHO offers four history ladened architectural tour choices every third Sunday during 2023. 

 In no special order this post highlights the Bankers Hill Walking tour: 

 Other tours are the Seventh Avenue Walking tour: A progressive vision; Marston House Garden Tour and the Marston House: Architectural Details of Master Architects Hebbard & Gill. 

 Bankers Hill Walking Tour 

Length: 90 minutes begins 10:30 am. 

Tour fee: $20 per person. 

Starting point: northwest corner of Albatross Street & West Walnut Avenue, San Diego 92103 

 The sloped terrain of Bankers Hill, near downtown San Diego, is blessed with pedestrian bridges over canyons and views of San Diego Bay that few affluent professionals and first families and their architects could resist. 

These city blocks are rich in the early 20th-century Modern architecture that Gill pioneered and include the largest concentration of Gill homes built anywhere, on hidden Albatross Street. 

As the neighborhood grew, other prominent architects, such as William Templeton Johnson, Mead & Requa, and Hazel Wood Waterman, San Diego's first female architect, also designed homes here. 

 Gill's architecture is strikingly Modern in Bankers Hill, with its spare, cubist arrangements of volumes and shapes, such as flat roofs, arches and pergolas, without surface ornament, with the exception of trailing vines and shadows. 

 This tour is ADA accessible. 


Online: Click Here 

In Person: Marston House Museum Shop • 3525 Seventh Avenue Walk up tickets subject to availability. 

Tour meets and begins at Albatross Street @ West Walnut Street

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