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Marston House Review

George W. Marston (1850–1946), a San Diego pioneer and philanthropist who financed the architectural landscaping of Balboa Park—among his myriad other San Diego civic projects—lived in this 16-room home at the northwest edge of the park. Designed in 1905 by San Diego architects Irving Gill and William Hebbard, it's a classic example of the American Arts and Crafts style, which emphasizes simplicity and functionality of form. On the 5-acre grounds is a lovely English Romantic garden, as interpreted in California. The house may only be visited by guided tour.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3525 7th Ave., Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 | Map It
  • Phone: 619/298–3142
  • Cost: $10
  • Hours: Thurs.–Mon. 10–4:30 in summer, Fri.-Mon. 10–4:30 in winter, guided tours every half-hour. Call for info about weekend specialty tours of gardens and historic 7th Ave.
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  • Location: Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
Updated: 09-24-2012

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