Open House San Diego Announces Mar. 24-25 Must-See Architectural Sites

Over eighty of San Diego’s most iconic sites to offer free rare, behind-the-scenes tours

Open House San Diego™ (OH! SD™) 2018, a program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF), has released its full list of over 80 must-see architectural sites located throughout Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, Downtown, Barrio Logan, and new this year, Point Loma. The popular citywide architecture and urban design event offers FREE, behind-the-scenes tours of San Diego’s never-before-seen buildings and historic landmarks the weekend of March 24 & 25. OH! SD is San Diego’s largest architectural event, with well over 10,000 site visits anticipated.

Honorary Co-chairs are Gordon Carrier, FAIA of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and Jennifer Luce, FAIA of Luce et Studio. Title Sponsor is Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Everyone, including local residents, families, students and out-of-town visitors, is welcome to attend,” said Susanne Friestedt, Founder, OH! SD.

Each OH! SD site has an original feature, or its own unique story: innovative use of materials, repurposing of space, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, or unique use of public areas. Spaces such as architecture and design studios, museums, schools, hotels, high-rises, and SDAF Orchid Award winners, as well as historically designated sites are featured.

“Attendees must check in and receive a collectible Passport at one of the OH! SD Hubs located in each neighborhood,” said Maxine Ward, AIA, Event Chair and former Board Chair, SDAF. “Then, their Passport will be stamped at each site they visit. All attendees may enter the OH! SD’s juried architectural photography competition, with prizes in a variety of categories.”

All sites will be open to the public, while select ones will offer guided tours on a first-come, first-served basis, or may require advance reservations. Most locations will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For reservations and location hours visit:

The full list of participating sites is as follows:


Balboa Park

Timken Museum of Art

Mingei International Museum – OH! SD Hub

San Diego Museum of Art

Spanish Village Art Center

The Palisades

Ohr Shalom

Bankers Hill

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

First Church of Christ, Scientist

RJC Architects

The Abbey on Fifth Avenue

Parq West – OH! SD Hub

Hawthorne Historic Inn

DGA Planning Architecture

The Louie

Ohr Shalom Synagogue

Gruenberg Law Office

The Barcelona



WeWork B Street

Santa Fe Train Depot – OH! SD Hub

Herb & Wood

SDSU Downtown Gallery at Electra

Amici House

PATH Connections Housing

American Institute of Architects

Maritime Museum

LIND Block (Little Italy Neighborhood Development)

San Diego Law Library

Downtown Works

John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center Walking Tour

Waterfront Park




The US Grant Hotel

Courtyard by Marriot San Diego Downtown

The Keating Hotel

The New Children’s Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Gaslamp Architectural Walking Tour

Sparks Gallery

Horton Plaza Park – OH! SD Hub

San Diego Magazine Headquarters

The Historic Spreckels Theatre


East Village

NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Basile Studio

BNIM Architects

AVRP Skyport

e3 Civic High


You & Yours Distilling Co.

Makers Quarter

Baker Nowicki Design Studio

San Diego Central Library @ Joan & Irwin Jacobs Common – OH! SD Hub

Urban Discovery Academy

Sempra Energy Headquarters

Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP


Barrio Logan

La Esquina

BasileIE + CM Curatorial

Barrio Barns


Chicano Park

Woodbury University School of Architecture

Mercado del Barrio

LPA Inc.

Bread & Salt – OH! SD Hub


PLNU Sator Hall – Darren Bradley Photography

Point Loma

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

The Thursday Club

Point Loma Hervey Branch Library

Point Loma Assembly – OH! SD Hub

Point Loma Living Room

Point Loma Nazarene University:

Mieras Hall

Latter Hall + Sator Hall

Fire Station 22

Loma Theatre

Pacific Rim Park

Tunaman’s Memorial

Portuguese Historical Center

UPSES Chapel

St. Agnes Catholic Church

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – OH! SD Hub

Building 200/Dick Laub NTC Command Center

Building 208/The North Chapel

Building 35/The Luce Auditorium/The Lot

Scout @ Quarters D

The Rock Church

Moniker Commons

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Liberty Station Office

Stone Brewing World Bistro Gardens

KMA Architecture

Naval Base Point Loma

To learn more about the 2018 participating sites visit

About The San Diego Architectural Foundation

San Diego Architectural Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region. For more information about SDAF, visit and follow the SDAF Facebook page at

About Open House Worldwide ( House Worldwide (OHWW) was founded in London over 25 years ago by Victoria Thornton, OBE and made its way to the United States, starting with Open House New York. OHWW is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public about the best in urban design, architecture, and the critical challenges facing our cities, such as rapid population growth, density, transportation, the environment, and the need for healthy, dignified spaces. More than one million people in over forty cities attend OHWW programs each year.

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