Saved buildings
save our heritage organisation logo



Yahoo  MSN  Google

Third Sunday of the Month
Irving Gill Tours

Join our expert docents every third Sunday of the month as they tell you some of the stories of one of San Diego's greatest architects, Irving Gill. See how he left his imprint on San Diego though his architecture, landscapes, and social history. With four great choices we understand if you can't pick just one. Bring your camera and friends.


Urban Poetry: Irving Gill & Bankers Hill

10:30am · 90 minutes
$15

TOUR STARTS on the northwest corner of Albatross Street & West Walnut Avenue, San Diego 92103

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. SOHO's 90-minute guided walking tour contains new 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, on hidden Albatross Street. 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.

Gill's architecture is strikingly Modern in Bankers Hill, with its spare, cubist arrangements of volumes and shapes, such as flat roofs, arches and pergolas, without surface ornament, with the exception of trailing vines and shadows.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS
Online  HERE
Call  (619) 297-9327
In Person  Marston House Museum Shop
3525 Seventh Avenue


A Progressive Vision: San Diego's Seventh Avenue

12:30pm · 45 minutes
$15

TOUR STARTS at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

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 one-hour guided walking tour. This tour contains new content inspired by SOHO's celebration called Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. 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.

Marston was San Diego's most prominent leader of the Progressive Movement. He, Gill, and other Progressives championed civil rights for African and Mexican Americans, women's suffrage, child labor laws, food and drug safety measures, while they opposed corruption, alcohol and vice. Gill translated Progressive values of good health through fresh air and contact with nature, cleanliness and sanitation, and incorporated labor saving devices into his architecture, including the Marston House.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS
Online  HERE
Call  (619) 297-9327
In Person  Marston House Museum Shop
3525 Seventh Avenue


Marston House Garden Tour

1:30pm · 45 minutes
$15

TOUR STARTS at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

With its uniquely California interpretation of the English Romantic and Arts & Crafts period landscape designs, this tour is a must for garden lovers. The garden tour takes you on an easy walk through two and a half acres of the estate beginning with the first plantings and landscape plan by nationally recognized landscape architect Samuel Parsons, Jr., and George Cooke in 1905 to the 1928 introduction of a formal garden.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS
Online  HERE
Call  (619) 297-9327
In Person  Marston House Museum Shop
3525 Seventh Avenue


The Marston House: Architectural Details of Master Architects Hebbard & Gill

2:30pm · 90 minutes
$15

TOUR STARTS at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

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. This tour was curated for SOHO by Erik Hanson, a leading authority on Gill and contributor to the book Irving Gill and the Architecture of Reform by Thomas S. Hines. The story begins at the carriage house for the estate (now SOHO's Marston House Museum Shop), then circles around the house in its Balboa Park and formal garden setting. Inside and out, architectural and construction details and period materials are highlighted, and include the Marston family's public and private rooms. Managed by SOHO for the City of San Diego, this property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS
Online  HERE
Call  (619) 297-9327
In Person  Marston House Museum Shop
3525 Seventh Avenue

MARSTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS

3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego 92103
(619) 297-9327

History
Gardens
Tours

Hours of Operations · Admission
Directions & Parking
Group Tours
School Group Tours (K-12)
Exhibits
Museum Shop
Wedding & Venue Rental
Film & Photography Permits

Read more about the Marston House

In the News

Share

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