Nesmith-Greely Building, 825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, San Diego County, CA
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825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-1971
Building/structure dates: 1888 initial construction
Significance: The Nesmith-Greely Building, built in 1888, was designed by N.A. Comstock and Carl Trotsche, a leading architectural firm during San Diego's boom years. The structure with its Romanesque details, makes a notable contribution to the downtown streetscape. / The Nesmith-Greely Building, designed by N.A. Comstock and Carl Trotsche, was built in 1888, at a cost of $32,000. Its robust 4-story, Romanesque-like facade contrasts sharply with the ornate Bank of Commerce Building (Cal-1961) adjacent to it. The asymmetrical 3-bay facade is constructed of brick with stone, patterned brick, and sheet metal embellishment. Within, a skylighted shaft allowed light to penetrate to the second level as the building had exterior exposure on the front and rear surfaces only.
Comstock, N. A.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Marvin Rand, Photographer August 1971 WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION WITH BANK OF COMMERCE BUILDING TO THE LEFT
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