Marston House Museum Shop
Open Saturdays & Sundays · 10am-5pm
San Diego's premier shopping destination for lovers of historic architecture, gardens, and preservation is SOHO's museum shop at the Marston House Museum & Gardens in Balboa Park. Housed in the mansion's charming 1905 carriage house, the shop is brimming with a distinctive mix of attractive gift items for home and garden; high quality Arts & Crafts style art pottery; plein air paintings of Balboa Park; and hard-to-find art and architecture books. Proceeds from sales of these items of lasting value support the educational mission of SOHO and the Marston House, and enhance the museum experience for San Diegans and tourists alike. Admission to the shop is free.
You'll find signature products created especially for SOHO and the largest line of Arts & Crafts style art pottery and tiles in the city. Items are carefully curated to celebrate the estate's history and the interests and legacy of the Marston family. George W. Marston is best known as a visionary civic leader and developer of Balboa Park, a philanthropist and San Diego's first preservationist. He was also an avid gardener.
SOHO exclusively carries specialty plants (in season) from the Geranium George collection, two of the colorful varieties are named for Marston and his wife, Anna. Among other merchandise that reflects the Marston House aesthetic are art pottery vases and jardinières, Arts & Crafts style tiles framed in oak, woodblock landscapes, and vintage botanical prints.
SOHO has also commissioned custom products inspired by the flora and fauna of the five-acre property. A lyrical eucalyptus leaf motif that William Templeton Johnson, one of San Diego's most prominent early 20th-century architects, created for the Marston home is now featured on elegant handmade tiles and letterpress items, such as note cards and coasters.
Shelves are stocked with SOHO's wide-ranging publications, which make great gifts for art, architecture and history lovers and explorers. You'll find Marston House exhibition catalogs, such as Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture (accompanying the exhibit of the same name on view through March 26, 2017) and Art of the Park: 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015). You'll also find The Art Traveler Guide: A Portrait of Balboa Park, which features the expressive, brilliantly colored paintings of RD Riccoboni, and self-guided tour booklets of San Diego's historic neighborhoods.
Designed to complement the Marston House architecture, the cozy, 750-square-foot carriage house is worthy of a visit in its own right. Paneled in warm, rustic redwood with handsome doors and windows, it includes an original horse stall. SOHO added comfortable chairs from the Marston family to encourage visitors to sit and browse through the shop's large collection of books on regional architecture, home décor, gardening, nature, and history.
The Marston House Museum & Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the finest remaining residential design of the noted architects William S. Hebbard & Irving J. Gill. Owned by the city of San Diego, the property is managed by SOHO, the San Diego region's largest preservation organization.
MARSTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS
3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego 92103
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