Star Builders Supply Company
The 1911 Star Builders Supply Company building was historically designated in 1991 as City of San Diego Historical Landmark #312. The pre-World War I concrete warehouse is built in the Edwardian Commercial style, and is an excellent example of a turn-of-the-century industrial building. Specializing in concrete, Star Builders designed this striking building to showcase their products. The reinforced concrete framed building has cast concrete blocks made to simulate quarried stone infill.
Located at the corner of West Beech Street and the railroad tracks near Kettner Boulevard, the building was ideally positioned to access the railroad. Little remains of the warehouse and industrial district in this area today, making this unique building an important connection to the historic use of this neighborhood.
In 1996, the County made an honorable and substantial investment to preserve and renovate it for staff offices. After a few years, the county's needs shifted and the handsome Star Builders was to be sacrificed for a parking garage. SOHO recently won a lawsuit for attempted illegal demolition, but the county has appealed giving no guarantee they will honor the site and the court's decision. You can be sure we are monitoring this landmark.
Photo by Sandé Lollis
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