|WILLIAM HEATH DAVIS HOUSE|
Today, I enjoyed a leisurely morning walk to observe the many architectural wonders in the Gaslamp Quarter. There are 94 historical buildings in the 16 block area in downtown San Diego. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A walk along 5th and 4th Avenues, between Harbor Drive and Broadway, is a good route to observe the many Victorian-style buildings.
One of the earliest residences is the William Heath Davis house, built in 1850, which currently houses the Gaslamp Museum--if you need a rest, Pocket Park is right next door.
In the late 1800's the Gaslamp Quarter was the heart of entertainment for the city--it was known for gambling, saloons, gunmen, prostitutes, and speculators along with hordes of tourists and sailors.
|LOUIS BANK BUILDING &|
|HORTON GRAND HOTEL|
Today the Gaslamp Quarter is filled with hundreds of shops, restaurants, services, hotels, and nightclubs. It offers a great opportunity to look inside renovated 100-year-old buildings. Considered the entertainment center of San Diego. In the evenings it is crowded and a bit raucous. This "vintage traveler" prefers visiting in the morning with a cup of coffee in hand.
|FUNKY GARCIA'S AT SUN CAFE|
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop on 5th Avenue is full of any kind of hat you can think of.
The Cafe 21 on 5th Avenue is the busiest place in the morning (other than Starbuck's)--it gets good reviews for healthful food.
There is almost no end to the interesting places you can take a peek at--especially when the San Diego sun is shining, and you have plenty of time to explore.
|GOORIN BROS. HAT SHOP|
|SAMUEL I. FOX BUILDING|