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Hotel San Diego

The Hotel San Diego was completed in 1914 by developer and millionaire John D. Spreckels, just in time for the opening of the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition in Balboa Park. It was one of three new buildings constructed by Spreckels on 'D' Street, which was later re-named "Broadway" at the suggestion of Spreckels. Listed as San Diego Historical Site Number 175 in 1983, the Hotel San Diego was also deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the historical material, the six-story Hotel San Diego was significant not only for its architecture and size, but was culturally important because of "its part in establishing the urban fabric of a growing city."

Photo courtesy Coons collection

The GSA selected the Hotel San Diego site for their new Federal Courthouse expansion and did so with little or no regard for the hotel's civic importance, and they never seriously considered a solution that would keep the Hotel San Diego. On April 15, 2006 it was blown up by the Federal Government.

Photo by Sandé Lollis


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