Sixth Avenue along Balboa Park is a desirable place to live and always in flux.
The 1911 George and Alice Hazzard House. The open space just up the street was occupied by the 1952 Benbough, Legler Medical Building #1 by Richard George Wheeler recently demolished for a condo project. Although Wheeler has quite a few wonderful projects to his name I’m doubtful this one will be missed. The building was pushed back to the 5th Ave end of the lot with a parking lot fronting the park. See photo #10.
This corner is a sore subject for preservationists. It was occupied by Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant’s 1894 colonial revival house, an early project by William Hebbard. Hardly an architectural marvel (see for yourself)- asymmetrical with awkward quasi Palladian windows- it was nonetheless unique for San Diego in its historical association. It was demolished around 2000 and the lot still sits empty.
The Salomon Apartments, 1959, by Henry Hester. I imagine this land was once occupied by elegant single-family homes that were demolished for this building which is a favorite of those interested in architecture and of preservationists. It makes the case for both development and preservation. For me the takeaway is to preserve the best and to replace the mediocre with wonderful projects that will stand the test of time.Previous Post Next Post