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October 26, 2017
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Historic Preservation

California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man

The 100-year-old California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park was renovated to make it possible to open it to the public for the first time in 80 years. For many San Diegans, this is a lifelong wish fulfilled. To see the views — almost 23 miles to the horizon, encompassing more than 400 square miles — is a rare treat. Mountains, Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the harbor, downtown, the zoo, and the beauty of Balboa Park itself. Yet, the changes have been subtle. They permit visitors to feel the history of the building, while at the same time they feel safe in their ascent. A visitor from the past might not notice the extensive floor work, the improved railings, the lighting. There is no garishness here. It is the careful preservation of a piece of San Diego history, one of those essential efforts toward a better San Diego that should be recognized.

More about the tower: http://CaliforniaTower.org

Some videos about the Tower: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v8mqw8jle52z84u/AABZs5rFWGSusU9Gt8eb4LREa?dl=0

  • Project Awarded

    Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    San Diego Museum of Man

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Micah Parzen, CEO, mparzen@museumofman.org

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Kitty Vieth, kitty@argsf.com, Architectural Resources Group


  • archikvetch

    So cool and right before the centennial!

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