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Bankers Hill introduction

This walking tour of Bankers Hill will observe various architectural styles, including Craftsman, classic Gill Modernism, Spanish Revival, Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Prairie, and more in one of San Diego’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

Bankers Hill was first developed in the late

Victorian period. A few grand survivors represent some of the finest Victorian homes in California. They are the Timken (1888), Long-Waterman (1889) and the Britt-Scripps (1887), now a high-end bed and breakfast. Many middle class Victorians were also built and can still be found throughout the community, one such, is the Keating House (1887) now a bed and breakfast.

As it grew into the 20th century some of San Diego’s first families and community leaders chose to live here. Because of this influx of wealth coinciding with a flourish of master architects working in San Diego at that time, today we have significant works by Irving Gill, William S. Hebbard, Frank Mead, Richard Requa, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Hazel Wood Waterman, the Quayle Brothers, William Templeton Johnson, and many lesser known, but

talented builders. With its canyons

and steep hillsides, architects found themselves with challenging sites; this was often solved with landscape design by horticulturalists such as the renowned Kate Sessions.

Some of San Diego’s most significant architecture was built here. Unfortunately, Bankers Hill has also seen poor leadership and lack of insight by elected officials and because of this, some of the most important works were demolished.

But, this walking tour is about celebrating what we have today and raising awareness of these sites and with that raised awareness, helping to ensure the protection of this uniquely San Diego neighborhood for generations to come. Enjoy your tour and please join SOHO today, together we can protect and preserve San Diego’s heritage!

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