San Diego Historical Landmarks — #1: El Prado Area Designation, part 15

San Diego Historical Landmarks

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

#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 1
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 2
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 3
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 4
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 5
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 6
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 7
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 8
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 9
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#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 11
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 12
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 13
#1: El Prado Area Designation, part 14

El Prado Area Designation

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As we continue to traipse from west to east on El Prado, across El Prado from Casa del Balboa is Case del Prado:

Casa del Prado in San Diego's Balboa Park

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Casa del Prado basically is where all the action is throughout the week, and especially on weekends. It houses the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, the San Diego Junior Theatre, the Civic Dance Arts, the San Diego Botanical Gardens Foundation, and the San Diego Floral Association. It has several meeting rooms where many clubs and organizations hold their monthly meetings, including the San Diego Fern Society, the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society, and the San Diego County Orchid Society, all of which I have previously held membership.

Off of El Prado but part of the Casa del Prado is the Cast del Prado Theatre:

Casa del Prado Theatre in San Diego's Balboa Park

It should be obvious that the Theatre is the performing home to all the youth performance groups mentioned previously.

Casa del Prado in San Diego's Balboa ParkCasa del Prado was originally built for the Panama-California Exposition held in 1915-16. At that time it was known as the Food & Beverage Building. By the 1960s it had fallen into a serious state of disrepair, and following several earthquakes in 1968, the building was sold to a wrecking company for a whopping $25.

Bea Evenson, whom you will hear about in our final blog post about the El Prado Designation Area, created a Committee of 100 to save the building. She was successful in getting a bond passed to raise funds to completely renovate the building, which meant basically tearing it down and rebuilding it. Plastic molds were made of the exterior façade so that the new façade would exactly match the original. Some of the original exterior façade is on display in the inner sculpture court.

Just three more posts left in our exploration of the El Prado Designation Area: the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the Bea Evenson Fountain, the second-most photographed location in Balboa Park.

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7 thoughts on “San Diego Historical Landmarks — #1: El Prado Area Designation, part 15

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    One of my uncles hitchhiked and road trains out to see these buildings – in the 1920’s I think. He didn’t tell anyone he was going – his momma got him once he got back. He talked about how cool the sights there were even when he was 100.
    Great pictures!

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  2. Marsha Ingrao (@MarshaIngrao)

    What a great story. From $25 to this!!! Wouldn’t that have been a pity to have lost this work of art? Even if it had to be recreated, there is hardly a more beautiful place anywhere. Thanks for sharing the story, RR. 🙂 Sorry I can’t post via WP for some strange reason. 🙂

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