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CALIFORNIA TOWER:
The California Building is home to the Museum of Us. It's one of the most famous structures in the city of San Diego, and is indeed iconic. It's comprised of a mixture of architectural elements and styles, including Plateresque, Baroque, Rococo, Gothic and Spanish-Colonial. It houses the San Diego Museum of Us. It was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and was designed y Bertram Goodhue. Parts of it were closed due to seismic retrofitting, starting in Feb., 2019. The 200-foot-tall tower and dome are covered with carvings, colorful tile and countless glass beads. It's one of the most iconic structures in the city, and its tower can be seen for miles around.

BALBOA PARK:
This immense complex began as 1400 acres of land, set aside by San Diego city leaders in 1868 as a cultural center. It was then known as City Park, overlooking the present-day downtown San Diego. The present site is about 1200 acres. Construction on the park began in 1892, when Kate Sessions offered to plant 100 trees a year on the site in exchange for the city granting her 32 acres of land within it to be used as her commercial nurseries. Interestingly, many species now popular in the area, including birds of paradise, queen palm and poinsettia, were introduced into the park and beyond due to these efforts. Many of her original trees are still living today. She was hailed as The Mother of Balboa Park at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.

Further efforts on the site were funded by a city tax levied in 1905, which included water and irrigation systems, roads and other infrastructure. City Park was also the site of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. In 1910, officials solicited for a more catchy name, and after months of debate, park commissioners decided on the name Balboa Park, in honor of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to spot the Pacific Ocean while exploring Panama.

There are so many features at this park that I don't want to list them all here: the complex is a vast array of specialized botanical gardens, open spaces and parks, museums, hiking trails, historic buildings and exhibits. The San Diego Natural History Museum was founded in 1874, and remains an active research institute. It's actually the oldest one in Southern California. The Marston House museum is a 1905 Arts-And-Crafts-Style home, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It sits on five acres of landscaped gardens. Other museums include the San Diego Museum of Art, The Old Globe theater, founded in 1935, the Centro Cultural de la Raza, the Fleet Science Center, the Mingei International Museum, a Museum of Photographic Arts, The San Diego Air & Space Museum, The San Diego Automotive Museum, The Timken Museum of Art, and the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park. A brand new Comic-Con Museum is currently being constructed, with a TBA opening date.

Specialized parks include the stunning Japanese Friendship Garden, the 1935 Old Cactus Garden, the Alcazar Garden, Australian Garden, California Native Plant Garden, Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, Trees for Health Garden and the Zoro Garden.

Other features include the Balboa Park Carousel, a miniature train, Cabrillo Bridge, the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society, and the San Diego Zoo.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1196] (2114)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2020-10-31
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  • Date Submitted: 2020-11-22 11:19
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