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Zina Rummani, City of San Diego Park Planning & Development
David Marshall, Heritage Architecture & Planning
Jeffery Hinds, ACE Electric
Barbet Pince, LSW Engineers
Jeff Seidner, Eagle Restorations Group

Shining the Light on History

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion was constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and it was intended to be one of the few permanent structures. The building was funded by John D. Spreckels and designed by architect Harrison Albright. Decorative lighting was a very important aspect of the Panama-California Exposition and the Organ Pavilion was the only building to incorporate lighting directly into the ornamentation. There are 1,606 rosettes spaced 9-inches apart and distributed around the entire structure. The rosettes have two variations, a "flower" design and a "four leaf clover" design. The second most common fixture type is the finial torchlights. There are 112 torch fixtures. The last of the fixture types are the colonnade ceiling globes. There were 16 ceiling globes on the Organ Pavilion and they were no longer the original 1915 fixtures. The original porcelain sockets, metal conduit, and junction boxes were cast directly into the concrete ornamentation and could not be restored without first removing the small rosette pieces. All work strictly adhered to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Restoration, and today we are able to experience the Organ Pavilion the way Exposition visitors first saw it 90 years ago.


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