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Robert Champion & the Champion Real Estate Group
Commercial Restoration

Located on the southwest corner of Broadway and 6th Avenue, the 1929 Samuel Fox Building/Lion Clothing helps anchor one of the city's most historically important and best-preserved commercial hubs. It shares the prominent intersection with three other landmark buildings: the San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, the Colonel Fletcher Building, and the John D. Spreckels Building.

The distinctive Spanish Baroque style, four-story, 56,000 square-foot, reinforced concrete and steel building was designed by the noted architect William Templeton Johnson. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only historic building in the Gaslamp Quarter with a subterranean parking garage. Champion was able to faithfully restore the exterior in accordance with the building's historic register status, carefully preserving original features such as ornate cast-iron grills, sculpted terra cotta spandrels and decorative stenciled frescos on the undersides of the roof's overhanging eaves.

As a key stone element of downtown's ongoing revitalization, the Samuel Fox Building has been brought back to life with 21 new live/work lofts and over 10,000 square feet of rehabilitated office and commercial retail space. The impressive project shows that economic development and historic preservation can work successfully hand-in-hand. SOHO is pleased to award Robert Champion of the Champion Real Estate Group the 2008 Commercial Restoration Award for the renovation and adaptive reuse of the Samuel Fox Building/Lion Clothing.


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