Photographic Art of downtown San Diego

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San Diego has a height limit of 500 feet on skyscrapers in the downtown area. Supposedly it’s because the airport is also downtown and we saw back in 2001 what happens when planes run into tall buildings.

Following are some new Photographic Art creations based on pictures of downtown San Diego.

The new Skybridge completed in 2011, along with the Coronado Bridge at left and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel at right:San Diego Skybridge

The Omni overlooking Petco Park with the new San Diego Central Library dome in the background:Downtown San Diego

The Omni is an interesting dual-use building. The top eleven floors are multi-million dollar condominiums, and the bottom floors are hotel rooms. Since the Omni overlooks Petco Park where the San Diego Padres purport to play professional baseball, many players bought a condo at the Omni so that when they have a late night baseball game, they don’t have far to go to get home.

Two Manchester Grand Hyatt towers at left, Harbor Club at right, and the two Marriott Marina towers:Downtown San Diego

The Harbor Club has two residential towers, both standing at 424′, although only one is visible in the picture. When Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were married, they owned one of the penthouses.

The Hilton Bayfront Hotel:Downtown San Diego

The two Manchester Grand Hyatt towers:Downtown San Diego

The right tower was completed in 1992 and stands 446′ tall. The left tower was completed in 2003 and stands 497′ tall. It is the tallest building on a waterfront on the West Coast.

The three towers at the left are condo towers—Bayside at The Embarcadero (395′ tall), and The Grande North at Santa Fe Place and The Grande South at Santa Fe Place, both towers peaking at 420 feet. The tower at the right is a Wyndham Hotel:Downtown San Diego

The water park in the lower center and right was just completed a few months ago. Previously all that was ugly parking lots.

The newer (taller) of the two Manchester Grand Hyatt towers:Downtown San Diego

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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15 thoughts on “Photographic Art of downtown San Diego

      1. quarksire

        oh yeah i am an ex ……… although when i grew up there i could ride my motocross bike all the way frum santee sand pits to miramar an up to del mar! we’d fuel up in del mar and ride all the way back to el cajon or santee off road,, how bat that, well, reason why i left, to come to a place where i can still do stuff like that here i can ride for miles an miles off road and fly anywhere i want without being in bad airspace :). take care peace-out Q


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yes. Jim and I ate at Peohe’s (best restaurant in the world) and then walked around taking pictures. A couple of the pictures are taken from the Coronado Ferry since Jim and I had never been on it even though I’ve been here 21½ years!



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