The Euclid Tower
It’s rare to drive through a residential neighborhood and find a 110-foot tower. Not a building, but a tower. Although 10 feet would be a 10-story building, so that might be a litttle out of place in a residential neighborhood, too. However, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and University Avenue in City Heights, there’s just such a tower, the Euclid Tower.
The Euclid Tower was built in 1932 as a drive-in soda fountain. It was 110 feet high and consisted of a spire sitting on top of a two-story building shaped as an octagon. Clocks on each side of the building were eventually removed because children kept shooting out the glass with slingshots (LIKE if you ever had a slingshot…..lol).
Euclid Tower was renovated in 1964 when a car crashed through it. In 1995, the building was given another facelift, and the tower was painted in bright, vibrant colors. At that time, third-grade children throughout the area were asked to draw pictures of City Heights, some of which would be reproduced as tiles and set around the top of the building.
The original spire was removed in 1999 because it had started to lean, more than the Leaning Tower of
Pizza Pisa. The base building and the children’s artwork tiles were saved. In 2009, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency rebuilt an 80-foot replica of the spire.
There have been various tenants throughout the years. Current tenants are a tattoo parlor and a bar. Happy hour daily from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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