Balboa Park, House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, San Diego County, CA
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-1963-D
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N269).
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1933 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1995 demolished
Building/structure dates: 1922 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1924 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1943 subsequent work
National Register Number: 77000331
Significance: The House of Hospitality is one of the "character defining" structures of the Central Mesa area of Balboa Park, a National Historic Landmark District. The building was originally constructed in 1914 as an open plan exhibit hall for the Panama California Exposition of 1915-1916, and named the Foreign Liberal Arts Building. Designed by Carleton Monroe Winslow, F.A.I.A., under the supervision of Exposition Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, F.A.I.A., the exterior shell of the building recalls the Churrigueresque style of Spanish Colonial architecture of the late 17th Century. The building was significantly remodeled by architect Richard S. Requa, A.I.A. in 1933-1936, and was used as the ceremonial "House of Hospitality" for receiving dignitaries and visitors to the California-Pacific International Exposition in 1935-1936. Requa retained the original 1914 structural system and facades, and inserted two floors of office and public rooms and an open "Mexican Colonial" central courtyard into the 1914 shell. The remodeled structure included a civic auditorium and a public restaurant with a new terraced garden on the south side of the building.
Winslow, Carleton Monroe
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor
Requa, Richard S.
San Diego Department Of Parks & Recreation
Panama California Exposition
California-Pacific International Exposition
Hernandez-Loera, Daniel, Field Team
Slocum, Bill, Field Team
Mead, Phillip, Field Team
Massoudnia, Susan, Field Team
Adamske, Emily, Field Team
Chandler, William S., Historian
Gohlich, Edward, Photographer
Engel, Betty, Historian
Boldt, Eric, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. NORTH ELEVATION OF EAST ARCADE, LOOKING SOUTH.
2. NORTH FRONTISPIECE, LOOKING SOUTH.
3. NORTH ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
4. VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST ACROSS PLAZA DE PANAMA.
5. VIEW TAKEN FROM CALIFORNIA TOWER, LOOKING EAST.
6. WEST ELEVATION, TAKEN FROM PLAZA DE PANAMA.
7. WEST FRONTISPIECE, LOOKING EAST.
8. SOUTHWEST ARCADE PORTAL, LOOKING EAST.
9. SOUTH ELEVATION OF SOUTHWEST ARCADE, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
10. ROOFTOP PERGOLA, LOOKING EAST.
11. SOUTH TERRACES, LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE SECOND FLOOR BALCONY.
12. SOUTH TERRACES, LOOKING NORTH FROM LOWER TERRACE.
13. PARTIAL SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
14. VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM BEHIND PERSIAN WATER RUG
15. SOUTHEAST CORNER ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
16. PERSIAN WATER RUG FOUNTAIN, LOOKING SOUTH.
17. SOUTH ELEVATION OF THE EAST ARCADE, LOOKING NORTH.
18. EAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
19. WEST END OF NORTH PERIMETER ARCADE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
20. WEST PERIMETER ARCADE, LOOKING NORTH.
21. BALLROOM (AUDITORIUM) ENTRY PORTAL, LOOKING EAST.
22. SOUTHWEST CORNER OF EAST TOWER, FROM ROOF.
23. SOUTHEAST CORNER OF WEST TOWER, FROM ROOF.
24. SECOND FLOOR EAST COURTYARD ARCADE, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
25. SECOND FLOOR NORTH COURTYARD ARCADE, LOOKING
26. CENTRAL COURTYARD, LOOKING SOUTHEAST FROM ROOF.
27. CENTRAL COURTYARD, LOOKING SOUTHEAST FROM WEST COURTYARD ARCADE.
28. CENTRAL COURTYARD, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
29. CENTRAL COURTYARD, VIEW OF WELL, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
30. WEST STAIRS, LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM COURTYARD ARCADE.
31. NORTH COURTYARD ARCADE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
32. RESTAURANT LOUNGE (SALA DE ORO), LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
33. RESTAURANT LOUNGE (SALA DE ORO), LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
34. RESTAURANT DINING, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
35. BALLROOM (AUDITORIUM), LOOKING EAST TOWARDS STAGE.
36. LA GRANADA, LOOKING EAST.
37. VISITOR'S CENTER, LOOKING NORTH.
38. NORTH LOGGIA OFFICE, LOOKING WEST.
39. MANAGER'S OFFICE (FLAMINGO ROOM), LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
40. WEST DINING LOGGIA, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
41. WEST DINING LOGGIA, LOOKING SOUTHEAST SHOWING FRENCH DOORS ADDED BY RICHARD S. REQUA IN 1937.
42. SOUTHEAST SECOND FLOOR OFFICE (BANQUET ROOM) LOOKING NORTH.
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