Behind-The-Scenes Tours Of San Diego’s Most Iconic Sites During Open House San Diego

How many times have you driven by a cool building and thought, “I wonder what it’s like inside?” It happens all the time, and now you can find out at Open House San Diego!

San Diego has a lot of beautiful architecture…we’d love to explore it all! That’s the spirit of Open House San Diego 2018, a program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF), which has released its full list of over 80 must-see architectural sites located throughout Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, Downtown, Barrio Logan, and new this year, Point Loma.

The popular citywide architecture and urban design event offers FREE, behind-the-scenes tours of San Diego’s never-before-seen buildings and historic landmarks the weekend of March 24 & 25. OH! SD is San Diego’s largest architectural event, with well over 10,000 site visits anticipated.

Each OH! SD site has an original feature, or its own unique story: innovative use of materials, repurposing of space, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, or unique use of public areas. Spaces such as architecture and design studios, museums, schools, hotels, high-rises, and SDAF Orchid Award winners, as well as historically designated sites are featured.

Participating Sites

Balboa Park
Timken Museum of Art
Mingei International Museum – OH! SD Hub
San Diego Museum of Art
Spanish Village Art Center
The Palisades

Bankers Hill
First Presbyterian Church of San Diego
St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
First Church of Christ, Scientist
RJC Architects
The Abbey on Fifth Avenue
Parq West – OH! SD Hub
Hawthorne Historic Inn
DGA Planning Architecture
The Louie
Ohr Shalom Synagogue
Gruenberg Law Office
The Barcelona

WeWork B Street
Santa Fe Train Depot – OH! SD Hub
Herb & Wood
SDSU Downtown Gallery at Electra
Amici House
PATH Connections Housing
American Institute of Architects
Maritime Museum
LIND Block (Little Italy Neighborhood Development)
San Diego Law Library
Downtown Works
John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center Walking Tour
Waterfront Park

The US Grant Hotel
Courtyard by Marriot San Diego Downtown
The Keating Hotel
The New Children’s Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Gaslamp Architectural Walking Tour
Sparks Gallery
Horton Plaza Park – OH! SD Hub
San Diego Magazine Headquarters
The Historic Spreckels Theatre

East Village
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
Basile Studio
BNIM Architects
AVRP Skyport
e3 Civic High
You & Yours Distilling Co.
Makers Quarter
Baker Nowicki Design Studio
San Diego Central Library @ Joan & Irwin Jacobs Common – OH! SD Hub
Urban Discovery Academy
Sempra Energy Headquarters
Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP

Barrio Logan
La Esquina
BasileIE + CM Curatorial
Barrio Barns
Chicano Park
Woodbury University School of Architecture
Mercado del Barrio
LPA Inc.
Bread & Salt – OH! SD Hub

Point Loma
All Souls’ Episcopal Church
The Thursday Club
Point Loma Hervey Branch Library
Point Loma Assembly – OH! SD Hub
Point Loma Living Room
Point Loma Nazarene University:
Mieras Hall
Latter Hall + Sator Hall
Fire Station 22
Loma Theatre
Pacific Rim Park
Tunaman’s Memorial
Portuguese Historical Center
UPSES Chapel
St. Agnes Catholic Church
ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – OH! SD Hub:
Building 200/Dick Laub NTC Command Center
Building 208/The North Chapel
Building 35/The Luce Auditorium/The Lot
Scout @ Quarters D
The Rock Church
Moniker Commons
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Liberty Station Office
Stone Brewing World Bistro Gardens
KMA Architecture
Naval Base Point Loma

All sites will be open to the public, while select ones will offer guided tours on a first-come, first-served basis, or may require advance reservations. Most locations will be open from
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for reservations and location hours.

Once you’ve mapped out your plan off attack, you need to check in and get your collectible Passport at one of the OH! SD Hubs located in each neighborhood.

And if you’re a photographer, enter the OH! SD’s juried architectural photography competition, with prizes in a variety of categories! And if you do, please be sure to tag @theresandiego with your great pics – we’d love to see them!

We’ll see you there!

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