Since we finished exploring San Diego Historical Landmarks #1 and #2, I had to go out and about to get pictures of #3.
Landmark #3 is right next to #4, so I was able to get two sets of pictures in just one trip. Yahoo for saving gas!
As I wandered around #3 and #4, which have awesome views from up on high, I saw across the way this structure:
That is part of the campus of the University of San Diego, a private Catholic-affiliated university of about 5,500 students founded in 1949.
Looks kind of like a fort. Imagine a fort manned by men and women who are mostly 18-22 years old. Hmmm. Sounds just like the United States military….
To take that picture, I was standing at the site of the Presidio:
The Presidio was built in 1769 and was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the present-day United States. It was the base of operations for the Spanish colonization of California. It was a fort.
There are no structures left from the original Presidio. What often is referred to as the Presidio, shown above, is actually the Serra Museum, built in 1928-29 on the site of the original Presidio. It is named after Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784), founder of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first mission in California, and eight other missions.
The Serra Museum was built by George Marston (1850-1946), a wealthy department store owner. He had bought Presidio Hill with an intent to preserve the site. The building was designed by noted San Diego architect William Templeton Johnson (1877-1957) in Spanish Revival style to house the collection of the San Diego Historical Society. (For more about William Johnson, see San Diego Historical Landmarks #1, part 6, part 8, and part 10.)
Marston donated the museum and surrounding park land to the city of San Diego in 1929.
Sadly, city budget cuts during the Great Recession caused the Serra Museum to be unstaffed and closed. Those cuts have not been fully restored, so the Museum is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. That’s where I will be in a few of days in order to get more pictures of San Diego Historical Landmark #4.
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