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North Park Post Office Lofts

Not that I really miss the North Park Post Office, but the loft conversion is hideous. Completely out of scale and out of character for the neighborhood. This is in a 1920’s neighborhood – lots of wood and strong horizontal lines that are not echoed by this pile of metal at odd angles. Street infrastructure immediately surrounding probably doesn’t support the added density either – this is a congested neighborhood to begin with.

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  • Onion Nominee

  • Project Address:

    3077 North Park Way, 92104

    Project Owner/Developer:

    North Park Way Lofts

    Owner Contact Name/Email:


    Project Architect/Designer:

    Foundation for Form


  • HappyArchitect

    I couldn’t disagree more with this Onion nomination.
    This is a really dynamic development which was respectful in maintaining the existing post office building and building around it, and then being responsive to the demographic of North Park and providing an exciting, open air sequence of structures. Its creative, and fun!

    • Archenthusiast

      Agreed; it’s a fun project and nice that they kept the original post office building in the design.

  • archikvetch

    Yeah – haters gonna hate. Like this mucho. Focus on central circulation and courtyard is great. To the haters – Hey – they didn’t block south exposure, right? I’d focus on getting ABC violations against T*** N*** but that is just me…

  • William S

    This project is heavy handed for the neighborhood, they tried.

  • disqus_J9XAsXJqLs

    This is definitely an onion!

  • johnthurston

    How anyone can praise this abomination is beyond me. It is too crowded and dense, It is angular and ugly, It uses what for all purposes look like a NORAD Radar screen to hide the totally ordinary and boxy ugly apartment building that without the Hipster camoflague would never have been allowed.
    To add insult to injury, the owners of the property kept the actual Old Post Office part of the development vacant for years until they found a business that was the “right fit”. And guess what they picked? Another Pizza joint for North Park.
    These developers appear to be naive hipster recent Architecture school graduates with a need to be accepted as cool.
    This building is not cool, is not acceptable, and they should not be allowed to build any other structures in our City.

  • JMorris

    Should NOT be an onion. “Out of scale with the neighborhood” is the go-to criticism for any attempt at even modest densification or any redevelopment. Is 3 or 4 stories truly excessive in virtually the heart of the North Park business district? I don’t think it’s even the largest building in the immediate neighborhood. “Out of character” only in the sense that it’s modern – which is far preferable in my mind than the many five-story pseudo-Spanish or overgrown craftsman apartment blocks that try desperately to look like old-timey San Diego on growth hormones.
    The comment about inadequate street infrastructure does not appear to be based on any particular data or knowledge of traffic engineering. Instead, it seems to reflect the tired no-growth attitudes that are still keeping San Diego neighborhoods from reaching their potential, and instead forcing growth into the pattern of suburban sprawl.

    • Andrew Towne

      Adding density to neighborhoods like North Park and Hillcrest does not stop sprawl development — which continues all over Southern California, “smart growth” notwithstanding.

      The demand for dense highrise housing — which is expensive and unsuitable for families and low income individuals — is nothing other than a demand for gentrification.

      The neighborhoods around Balboa Park are the only San Diego neighborhoods with a significant architectural history (or history of any kind), and they deserve to have their character respected.

      It is their mature landscaping, lack of excessive noise and crowding, and walkability that make them livable and attractive.

      There are plenty of places for high density development. Why is it that the people who want that don’t simply live downtown where it belongs? Or propose higher density in low-density suburbs like Scripps Ranch?

      Leave San Diego’s older neighborhoods alone!

  • Andrew Towne

    An inhuman, unnatural, unoriginal and cheap monstrosity. Everything about it is wrong: scale, landscaping, colors, materials and design. The numerous design concepts do not fit together. The excessive detail and showiness are in poor taste, to say the least. How is it that so many San Diego designers are so lacking in education, taste and sophistication?

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