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Preibisius is considered a master architect skilled at designing both commercial and residential buildings. Both contractor and architect, he also designed and built the St. James Hotel, the tallest building in downtown San Diego for many years. Born in Hanover, Germany in 1872, he first immigrated to New York in 1884, and later moved to San Diego where he remained until his death in 1964 at the age of 92.


The Elston Residence demonstrates the strong geometric horizontality and abundant use of natural materials (primarily redwood) that is


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