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October 26, 2017
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The Nolen

The Nolen is a 14th floor roof top retreat.  The airy bar serves a fine selection of food, cocktails, and sweeping views of the San Diego cityscape/landscape.  Paying homage to San Diego’s historic planning pioneer, John Nolen, the cloud-bound bar showcases a living example of John Nolen’s finest work and influence:  San Diego.

John Nolen’s planning practices in the early 1900’s re-aligned the urban sprawl that had haphazardly sprung into effect.  Nolen sought to discourage mass-grading and contouring to rather embrace the natural topography and landforms that make San Diego unique in it’s character.  Much of Mission Hills was planned using Nolen’s planning guidelines and philospohies which gives Mission Hills (as well as other fringe communities) their neighborhood distinction today.  Mission Hills, along with a sweeping view of the San Diego Bay, are taken in w/ the panoramic exposure that creates the “walls” of this outdoor space.

The design features a covered outdoor bar, firepits, custom occular lanterns, custom artwork showcasing Nolen’s influence, and incredible views.

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    453 6th Avenue, San Diego, Ca. 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    J Street Hospitality / Sajan Hansji

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Stan Kaminski (VP Azul Hospitality - Operator F&B for J Street Hospitality) / skaminski@azulhg.com (435-602-9979)

    Project Architect/Designer:

    bluemotif architecture


  • archikvetch

    “Cloud-bound”? Nice space but the connection with Nolen is specious -a bit over-stretched.

  • Brendan

    This commercial design would not meet up to John Nolen’s communal expectations. Nice view though.

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