Old Town San Diego, California

9th September 2015

Whilst visiting San Diego this summer, we took a tour of the city, and found Old Town. We went exploring, and found Heritage County Park located adjacent to Old Town. It was developed to preserve examples of San Diego’s historic Victorian architecture as the houses were relocated from their original positions and placed on an eight acre piece of land. It showcases beautiful stylistic examples of Italiante, Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne and Classic Revival architecture, and it was wonderful to compare and contrast the different styles in one place.


This house is the Burton House, built by retired army physician Henry Guild Burton in 1893. Our William Morris Eyebright zipped top bag on the steps.

William Morris designed Eyebright in 1883 at Merton Abbey.


This is the Christian House, a Queen Anne style house built by Harfield Timberlake Christian the founder of an early San Diego abstract/title company.


The Christian house was built in 1889, the same year William Morris designed Golden Lily.


The Sherman Gilbert house was built and owned by John Sherman in 1887

From 1892 to 1965 sisters Bess and Gertrude Gilbert lived in the house and as patrons of arts and music. Many famous international entertainers came to receptions at their home.