Reflect On Memorial Day By Revisiting Liberty Station’s Rich History
Known for its naval history, the development of Liberty Station is triumphant in its efforts to preserve a historic military site and retain its symbolic architecture for the community.
Today, Liberty Station is a lively hub for boutique shopping, art spectating, and tasty restaurants and has become a top San Diego neighborhood to live, work and play – but it was once a Navy foothold in Southern California, serving as one of the military’s most historic navy training facilities.
With Memorial Day coming, San Diegans can honor the achievements and remember the sacrifices of service members by exploring Liberty Station’s rich military roots!
Make your way to Liberty Station this Memorial Day Weekend (a great time to go!), enjoy a walk back through time while you’re there to remember and honor our heroes.
Here are a few highlights to note:
Sellers Plaza and Gate One
Upon entrance, Liberty Station has preserved the historical corridors that welcome visitors upon arrival. Named after the base’s first commander, Sellers Plaza and Gate One creates a memorable landmark for locals, guests and recruits to appreciate.
Sellers Plaza served as the Naval Training Center’s front doors and twin guard buildings flank and the gate with the steel arch was added in 1932. Sellers Plaza and Gate One is now the oldest part of Liberty Station!
Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden
The Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden is an intimate courtyard with a central foundation and intertwining pathways nestled between two lawns. As a gift to honor Navy wives, their fortitude and the sacrifices they make, the vibrant rosebushes are dedicated to loved ones.
Luce Auditorium or Building 35
The streets of Liberty Station are named after naval heroes, paying respect to the men and women who served our country. Just off Truxtun and Roosevelt Road is Luce Auditorium or Building 35, which opened in 1942 for sailors and their dates to enjoy theater performances from well-known bands to popular comedians for only 25 cents a ticket.
This space is now occupied by THE LOT, a modern luxury movie theater where guests can sit back and relax in comfy leather recliners. THE LOT’s design preserves the building’s original oak stage and exposed concrete prscenium, where the curtains once hung.
Liberty Station will be the perfect place to celebrate our community’s rich military history while also spending time relaxing and enjoying the long weekend with friends and family.
See you there!