A little over a week ago, during my two day visit to Old Town, San Diego, I explored Heritage Park. It is located on the Northeast side of Old Town on Juan Street. It’s 7.8 acres are focused on the preservation of San Diego’s Victorian homes, presently hosting 6 houses and 1 church, moved to it’s location. A few of them are open for touring, one is a gift shop/tea house, the church is available for use for weddings and other events and is open for tour and the rest are closed right now for restoring inside. It is all free to the public.
As you approach the buildings, Temple Beth Israel is on the right. It was built in 1889 as San Diego’s first synagogue.
Heading east, on the right, is the Burton House, built by Henry Guild Burton,in 1893.
Next we come to the McConaughy house, built in 1887 by John McConaughy. It is now a gift house and a tea house. Since I was visiting on Halloween, to my delight, 4 women were sitting in the tea house dressed up as witches 🙂
Next to the McConaughy house, on the north side of the park, is the Christian House, built in 1889 by Harfield Timberlake Christian.
Traveling west we come to the Bushyhead House, built in 1887, as a rental, by Edward Wilkerson Bushyhead.
The Shermon- Gilbert House, the most ornate of all of them, was built in 1887 and lived in until 1971. It was originally built by John Sherman.The Gilbert sisters lived there, bringing international performers to entertain there, including Artur Rubinstein.
The last house I came to is the Senlis Cottage, which houses the information center for Heritage Park. It was built in 1896, by Kate Sessions, the creator of Balboa Park, for her employee, Eugene Senlis. This cottage is typical of homes built for employees in that it had no electricity, water, sewer, or gas. (mmmmm…employees seem to have a history of poor treatment huh?!)
There is so much to see and enjoy in Old Town, San Diego. Here are two other posts of mine about Old Town. Come and see for yourself!