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Balboa Park, House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, San Diego County, CA

Balboa Park, House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, San Diego County, CA

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Significance: The House of Hospitality is one of the "character defining" structures of the Central Mesa area of Balboa Park, a National Historic Landmark District. The building was originally constructed in 1914 as an open plan exhibit hall for the Panama California Exposition of 1915-1916, and named the Foreign Liberal Arts Building. Designed by Carleton Monroe Winslow, F.A.I.A., under the supervision of Exposition Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, F.A.I.A., the exterior shell of the building recalls the Churrigueresque style of Spanish Colonial architecture of the late 17th Century. The building was significantly remodeled by architect Richard S. Requa, A.I.A. in 1933-1936, and was used as the ceremonial "House of Hospitality" for receiving dignitaries and visitors to the California-Pacific International Exposition in 1935-1936. Requa retained the original 1914 structural system and facades, and inserted two floors of office and public rooms and an open "Mexican Colonial" central courtyard into the 1914 shell. The remodeled structure included a civic auditorium and a public restaurant with a new terraced garden on the south side of the building.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N269
Survey number: HABS CA-1963-D
Building/structure dates: 1913- 1914 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1933- 1936 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1995 Demolished
Building/structure dates: 1922 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1924 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1943-1947 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1948 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1954-1956 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 77000331



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Winslow, Carleton Monroe
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor
Requa, Richard S
San Diego Department of Parks & Recreation
Panama California Exposition
California-Pacific International Exposition
Allen, Frank Phillip
Schmohl, H R
U.S. Navy Training Camp
Gilbert, Gertrude
Trepte, Walter
Civic Auditorium Society
Bodmer, H Louis
Hamill, Sam
Taylor, Don
Ruocco, Lloyd
Larrinaga, Juan B
McClinton, Katherine Morrison, Kahle
VaSchaik, Wynn L
Perry, W Allen
Evenson, F F
Davis, H O
Olesen, Otto K
Hord, Donna
Hanks, Rose
Casa del Rey Moro Garden
Gladding McBean
Parrish, Maxfield
Navy Nurses' Barracks
Johnson, William Templeton
Hatch, George
Hernandez-Loera, Daniel, field team
Slocum, Bill, field team
Mead, Phillip, field team
Massoudnia, Susan, field team
Adamske, Emily, field team
Donaldson, Milford Wayne, project manager
Marshall, David, project manager
Maul, David, transmitter
Chandler, William S, historian
Gohlich, Edward, photographer
Engel, Betty, historian
Boldt, Eric, historian
Mead, Phillip, delineator
Massoudnia, Susan, delineator
Adamske, Emily, delineator
Rickling, Brian S, delineator


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