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Lost San Diego - Gay Mansion

Built in 1890 and designed by William Sterling Hebbard for David C. Dare, VP of California National Bank, the mansion was sold to financier John H. Gay in 1891 and featured a stone carriage house as well. The home boasted as much stained glass as the Villa Montezuma, and four towers! The main house and carriage house had contrasting colored roofs. An article in the San Diego Historical Society Journal of History, Fall 1979 mentioning the house related that when a recent arrival to San Diego saw a photo of this house he exclaimed, "Oh! San Diego did have a past."

This incredible piece of architecture was demolished in 1937.

Gay Mansion, circa 1890's, Coons collection

It was replaced by some bland medical offices, which were in turn replaced by this wonderful stucco masterpiece in 2004.

This example of San Diego's glorious Victorian past is no longer with us and we are much poorer for it as a result.

Photo by Bruce Coons

2006 - Volume 37, Issue 3


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Making History

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The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco

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Modern for the Masses

Community Outreach

Old Town Cultural/Historical Program

Annual Report

Statement of Activities

Statement of Financial Position

Head Docent Promoted

In Memoriam: Lee Roper (1929-2006)

Squire Ensworth's Letters to Mr. Whaley

Whaley House Garden

Volunteer Profile: Pat Petersen

SOHO Highlights San Diego County Museums
1938 Midway La Playa Trail Refurbished & Unveiled

What is it?

Strength in Numbers

Lost San Diego

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