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Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture

SOHO and 11 other museums and institutions are part of a multidisciplinary collaborative united under the title Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country through March 2017. Check here for more information on our partners' programs:

Irving J. Gill, c. 1910. Courtesy SOHO

Through Sunday, March 26, 2017
Marston House
3525 Seventh Avenue · San Diego, 92103
Exhibition Debut
Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture

The exhibition offers insights into the genius of Gill through his creative processes, including recently discovered and previously unknown c. 1908 glass-plate photographs of his buildings and interiors. The mansion itself is a crucial part of the exhibition, with its interior architecture illuminating art photography, photo postcards, and rare Gill-designed redwood furniture on display.

Purchase tickets at the Marston House Museum Shop
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
$15 Adults · $14 Active Duty Military · $12 Seniors (65 & older) & Students (with ID)
$7 Children (ages 6-12) · Free for children 5 & under


Urban Poetry: Irving Gill & Bankers Hill The sloped terrain of Bankers Hill, near downtown San Diego, is blessed with pedestrian bridges over canyons and views of San Diego Bay that few affluent professionals and first families and their architects could resist. The 90-minute guided walking tour contains content inspired by SOHO's celebration Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. These city blocks are rich in the early 20th-century Modern architecture that Gill pioneered and include the largest concentration of Gill homes built anywhere. As the neighborhood grew, other prominent architects, such as William Templeton Johnson, Mead & Requa, and Hazel Wood Waterman, San Diego's first female architect, also designed homes here.

A Progressive Vision: San Diego's Seventh Avenue What began as a ten-acre, barren enclave owned by George W. Marston is now the shady and secluded 3500 block of Seventh Avenue, a cul-de-sac that is perfect for a 45-minute guided walking tour. The Marston House Museum & Gardens is one of about ten homes on the street, built between 1905 and 1913. Many were designed by Gill, when he was a partner in Hebbard & Gill, and they illustrate his design progression from English Arts & Crafts to Prairie Style to his ultimate triumph, cubistic Early Modernism—all in the space of two years, 1905 and 1906.

The Marston House: Architectural Details of Master Architects Hebbard & Gill Take a walk on the architectural side with a 90-minute guided tour of the 1905 Marston House Museum inside and out. The San Diego firm of Hebbard & Gill designed the inviting English Arts & Crafts mansion with fluid indoor-outdoor connections. Irving Gill, who soon became San Diego's pioneering Modernist, created many of its design features and innovative conveniences. Exterior and interior architectural and construction details and period materials are highlighted. The tour includes the Marston family's public and private rooms.

Begin in November




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