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Marine Corps Recruit Depot (1921)

MCRD is a 388-acre military base that opened in 1921. It was designed by the notable architect Bertram Goodhue in the Spanish Colonial Revival style that he popularized at the 1915 Panama California Exposition in San Diego. It was part of a concerted effort to design all the Military bases in the Spanish Revival style pioneered by Goodhue to give San Diego a unique identity. These bases are MCRD; Naval Air Station North Island; Rockwell Field; 32nd Street Naval Base; Naval Training Center and Balboa Hospital. We know of no other city in which this occurred. MCRD played a major role in WWII, it has one of the best Marine Corps Museums in the country, and has the longest open air arcade in the country. This site was listed on the National Register in 1991 and is now threatened by Airport expansion for a second runway.


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