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pool. Remaining features on the ground level include terrazzo floors, wall tiles, and a fireplace adorned with decorative brickwork.

Founded in San Jose in 1920, the Solon & Schemmel (S&S) company provided tile for a number of important building projects in California, including war memorials in Berkeley, theatres in Los Angeles, schools in Oakland and San Francisco, YMCA buildings in Hawaii and San Diego, and Hearst Castle in San Simeon. S&S dominated the high- end tile market in San Francisco and, from fountains to stairs, floors, fireplaces, mantels, archways and walls, each S&S installation was considered a ceramic masterpiece.

Bud Kearns Memorial Pool A gem of a historic building rarely seen by the public other than neighborhood residents, the recreation center had been planned by park superintendent John Morley since 1914. In that year, Morley had set aside the northeast corner of the park for major outdoor recreation grounds. Supported by public desire to provide relief work for the growing number of unemployed families in San Diego, Morley’s project was after many years finally funded by the City Council. The public dedication was held on New Year’s Day 1933. Spectacularly colorful and richly glazed tile covers the arched doorways leading to and from the lobby and pool area. The tile maker is identified as Calco Tile Manufacturing, pattern no. D6; the decorating technique is referred to as cuenca, same as in the Santa Fe Depot, but by a different company. The tiles on the stair risers on the interior were made at Tudor Potteries in Los Angeles.


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