California Tower, Balboa Park, San Diego

San Diego Historical Landmarks — #1: El Prado Area Designation, part 3

San Diego Historical Landmarks

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For the introductory blog post to San Diego’s historical landmarks, click on San Diego’s Historical Landmarks.

San Diego Historical Landmarks

#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 1

#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 2

El Prado Area Designation

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Arguably the most beautiful part of Balboa Park begins just east of the Cabrillo Bridge, beginning with the California Tower:

California Tower, Balboa Park, San Diego

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The California Tower was built for the California-Pacific Exposition of 1915-1916 when it served as the “Tower of the Science of Man.” Next to the California Tower is the San Diego Museum of Man:

San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park

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The Tower rises 200 feet above El Prado, and together the tower and dome can be seen from many points throughout the downtown area:

California Tower and San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego

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California Tower and San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego

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The tower and dome are in the Spanish Colonial and Mission Style architecture, considered one of the finest examples in the United States.

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28 thoughts on “San Diego Historical Landmarks — #1: El Prado Area Designation, part 3

  1. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

    What a great set of photos. I really like the various views. You know I kid around quite a bit but the following story is really true. El Prado was originally named Fudd Street after the developer E. Fudd. But the locals realized it lacked a little life so they brought in some music to liven it up. One of the band was Perez Prado. Everyone liked his music so much that the city fathers held a vote to rename the street after him. Hones to Xxx! Would I kid you?

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