Come Explore the Architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter!

Open House San Diego is happening this weekend on March 24th and 25th! This free event celebrates the best of our city’s architecture by offering behind-the-scenes access to 40+ iconic sites. Each one contributes in a unique way to the fabric of our city, with architectural, historic or cultural value. Some will offer scheduled talks and guided tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Others will require reservations. Check out below for a list of locations in the Gaslamp Quarter!

For more information, please visit Open House San Diego.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter US Grant Hotel


326 Broadway

Harrison Albright, 1910 / Renovation, 2017

SAT 10AM – 2PM / Self-guided tour

Built by the son of 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, this hotel is a treasured historic landmark. Designed to crown San Diego’s “City Beautiful” Movement, the architect combined several classical architectural styles and employed the use of steel and reinforced concrete as a fire and earthquake–proof frame. The regal surroundings highlight the hotel’s Presidential legacy and the heritage of the current owners, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. The hotel’s rich history includes stays by 15 US presidents, Charles Lindbergh, and Albert Einstein.

#Rabbitville is also currently on exhibition at the US GRANT!

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter courtyard by marriott


530 Broadway

William Templeton Johnson, 1928 / Renovation, 1999

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

Once home to the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, this building retains the grand character that distinguished it in its prime. Exquisite remnants of the former bank grace the interior and cohesively mix with the fresh, contemporary style of the hotel. Explore the soaring former banking hall with its dramatic coffered ceilings, arcades and medallions, all typical of the Romanesque revival style.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter keating hotel


432 F Street

The Reid Brothers, 1890

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided Tour

In its prime, this five–story Romanesque Revival style structure was one of the most prestigious office buildings in San Diego. It featured modern amenities such as spacious floor plans, steam heat, and a wire cage elevator (the first, and still longest–running, elevator in downtown San Diego). Today, the Keating serves as a design–centric boutique hotel with 35 loft–like rooms.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter New Children's Museum


200 West Island Avenue

Rob W. Quigley, FAIA, 2008

SAT 4PM / Designer-led tour / Reservation required

Constructed of tilt–up concrete and glass with a striking solar panel saw-tooth roof, this dramatic building is one of the first “green” museums in California; the main galleries feature a passive circulation system that pull bay breezes through the building. The tour will highlight various architectural features such as the 17–foot concrete entrance bridge, skylights that fill the 3–level space with daylight, and flexible spaces that expose the building’s structure and materials.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Chinese Historical Museum


404 Third Avenue

Louis Gill, 1927 / Joseph Wong, 1996

SAT 10:30AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

This Mission Revival style building served as the home of the Chinese Community Church of San Diego’s Chinatown for many decades. When it was slated for demolition in the 1990s, the community rallied together and saved the building. It was relocated to its current site and converted into a museum exploring San Diego’s rich Chinese history. Visitors may also enjoy the serene Chinese–style garden with its traditional entry gate, waterfall and koi pond.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter gaslamp museum at the davis-horton house


410 Island Avenue

Built 1850

SAT 1PM – 4PM / SUN 12PM – 4 PM / Self-guided tour

The Davis–Horton House is the oldest building in downtown San Diego. Home to two of the founding fathers of modern San Diego, William Heath Davis and Alonzo Horton, this pre–fabricated saltbox house was originally shipped all the way from Portland, Maine. It was relocated to its current site in 1981 and restoration began, including electricity being installed for the first time in 1984. Today, the museum showcases San Diego’s early history and is thought to be haunted by a former resident.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Sparks Gallery


530 Sixth Avenue

Built 1924 / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, 2015

SUN 11AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour

This contemporary art gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building, whose past also included a vaudeville theater, carriage repair shop and glass works. The brick and timber structure was thoughtfully repurposed and modernized while remaining true to the vintage feel of the space. The original maple floorboards and brick walls were restored and a steel–framed mezzanine inspired by traditional exterior fire escapes was added.

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter architecture


900 Fourth Avenue

SUN 1PM / Reservation required / Meet at Broadway Fountain in Horton Plaza Park

Former City Architect, Mike Stepner will open a window to San Diego’s past through the history, development and architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes architecturally significant structures of the period from Old City Hall (1874) to the Baroque Revival Louis Bank of Commerce (1888), along with fascinating stories of the characters that shaped San Diego.

The US Grant Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown

The Keating Hotel

The New Children's Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Sparks Gallery