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1924 Spreckels Warehouse

1924 Spreckels WarehouseAlthough better known are the ornate Spreckels Theatre on Broadway and the splendid Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, the 1924 Spreckels Warehouse is an example of the work-a-day side of the John D. Spreckels San Diego-Coronado mini empire of nearly a century ago.

Elsewhere downtown we've lost a host of simple, vernacular industrial buildings, along with the Fifth Avenue wharf and rail yards associated with the working port on San Diego Bay. These losses make it all the more imperative to recognize the historic socioeconomic and architectural significance of the Spreckels Warehouse, J Street's western anchor. Its board-formed concrete walls support lightweight steel roof trusses, so there's no need for interior columns. Its large, open interior makes the warehouse flexible for accommodating different uses, as it has done for more than 90 years. Now a Cost Plus, it may be in danger of demolition due to the city council's illegal overturning of its designation and economic pressure to replace it with a residential tower, pressure that's compounded by the owner's indifference to the building's modern construction methods and pedigree.

Photo by Sandé Lollis

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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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