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Marston House Museum

Marston House Museum http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/marston2.htm One of California's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. Constructed in 1905 for George W. Gill.

Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. Designed and built by architects William H. Hebbard and Irving J.

Operating as usual

Do stop by the Marston gardens and enjoy the first of our Spring blossoms!Image of Wisteria sinensis taken by caretaker ...
03/28/2023

Do stop by the Marston gardens and enjoy the first of our Spring blossoms!

Image of Wisteria sinensis
taken by caretaker Robert V.

The Marston House Museum will open at 12pm on Saturday, April 1st, due to 6th Avenue street closures for the Race For Au...
03/28/2023

The Marston House Museum will open at 12pm on Saturday, April 1st, due to 6th Avenue street closures for the Race For Autism; it is anticipated the streets will begin reopening at 11:00am. We're looking forward to seeing you Saturday afternoon!

A lovely sunny day. Come by and say hello!Image by caretaker Robert V.
03/26/2023

A lovely sunny day. Come by and say hello!

Image by caretaker Robert V.

For a  to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and observe various architectural styles, including Craftsman, ...
03/26/2023

For a to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and 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.

3141 Curlew Street
Sweet Guest House, 1914-15
Mead & Requa
Spanish Revival

Photo by Sandé Lollis.

Selected moments and movements in which American women have used plants, gardens, and landscapes for power, advocacy, an...
03/26/2023
Timeline of Women's History in American Gardens - Smithsonian Gardens

Selected moments and movements in which American women have used plants, gardens, and landscapes for power, advocacy, and change.

Women, as amateurs and professionals, have played a central role in influencing the attitudes and policies that have shaped the stewardship of America’s landscapes.

In the early 1860s, when the Gunn family moved from Sonora, California, to San Francisco, the future Mrs. George W. Mars...
03/24/2023

In the early 1860s, when the Gunn family moved from Sonora, California, to San Francisco, the future Mrs. George W. Marston attended public school for the first time.

"Two blocks below [our home]… on the corner of Mason Street was the Grammar School... I began school for the first time in the fourth grade. Before that I had read and studied with mother at home."—Anna Gunn Marston.

Pictured is the Mason Street Grammar School in an undated photo, courtesy Calisphere.

Before George Marston's father, George Phillips Marston settled in Fort Atkinson, WI, he arrived in Illinois and began w...
03/22/2023

Before George Marston's father, George Phillips Marston settled in Fort Atkinson, WI, he arrived in Illinois and began work as a teacher in a country school.

"...he did not enjoy teaching farm boys, some of whom were bigger than he, and he gave it up as quickly as he could to go to Chicago. Here he spent a short time as a clerk in a clothing store."—Mary Gilman Marston, 1955.

It appears the latter position her grandfather took in 1837 in the establishment of Wilde, Nolony & Co., in the brand-new city of Chicago, was a good foundation for the successful mercantile Marston would develop in Fort Atkinson in the 1860s.

Pictured is George Phillips Marston, c.1860, courtesy Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO).

Spring is here and that means the Marston House garden tours have resumed!San Diego is home to many historic gardens, ea...
03/20/2023

Spring is here and that means the Marston House garden tours have resumed!

San Diego is home to many historic gardens, each with its own unique culture, character, and history. To make it easier for you to get out and smell the roses, SOHO has compiled this list of 21 of San Diego's publicly accessible historic gardens for you.

Whether you are looking to learn about the city's rich horticultural heritage or simply to enjoy some time in nature, these historic gardens offer a wide range of physical and mental health benefits for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Download SOHO's San Diego's Historic Gardens, Parks, and Landscapes and enjoy your outings!http://www.sohosandiego.org/tours/sdhistoricgardens.pdf

Sign up now for the Marston House spring garden tours: http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/tourmhgill.htm#garden

Photo by Robert Veres.

Celebrating Women's history month with the majorly accomplished Marston women. Anna L. Marston, 1853-1940As matriarch, A...
03/19/2023

Celebrating Women's history month with the majorly accomplished Marston women.

Anna L. Marston, 1853-1940

As matriarch, Anna instilled the family norms, rituals and traditions that her family carried on for generations. She was president of the Congregational Women's Missionary Society of Southern California and founder and board member of the San Diego Children's Home. Managing a complex and busy home, many visitors from ministers to President Theodore Roosevelt to African-American leader Booker T. Washington filled the dinner table nearly every Sunday.

She shared a love of history with her husband and published and edited Records of a California Family; journals and letters of Lewis C. Gunn and Elizabeth Le Breton Gunn in 1928.

Photo courtesy Marston Family.

For a  to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and observe the many various architectural styles found here, l...
03/19/2023

For a to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and observe the many various architectural styles found here, like this stunning Mediterranean Revival.

3170 Curlew Street
Captain Albert A. Ackerman House, 1912
Hazel Wood Waterman
Mediterranean Revival
An asymmetrical façade with classical detailing, which focuses on the balustraded balcony projected on brackets and pilasters above the main entrance. Waterman also designed the large garden to the south of the house – it features numerous terraces, angular dirt paths and concrete stairs.

Photo by Sandé Lollis.

Young GunnsBy Robin LakinMarch/April 2023
03/18/2023
The Marstons: A California Family – Young Gunns

Young Gunns
By Robin Lakin
March/April 2023

A baby’s first cry broke the silence in the two-story adobe dwelling on Washington Street in Sonora, California on May 20,1853. Douglas, Chester, Sarah, and Lizzie Gunn were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new sister in the next room.

This small red leather pocket-size sewing kit with sterling clasps belonged to the Marston’s. The interior unfolds to 11...
03/17/2023

This small red leather pocket-size sewing kit with sterling clasps belonged to the Marston’s. The interior unfolds to 11" displaying two compartments, a small pad of paper, and mirror, c. 1860.

Courtesy Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) Collection.

For more information on the Marston Family, visit: http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/marstonlegacy/progressreform.html

Arthur Marston riding his horse named Kitty in front of and facing the Marston carriage house, circa 1906. The Marston H...
03/15/2023

Arthur Marston riding his horse named Kitty in front of and facing the Marston carriage house, circa 1906.

The Marston House was originally addressed as 3501 7th Street and the carriage house had its own address as 3501 1/2 7th Street. The rock in the foreground is still in the pittosporum between the driveway and carriage house.

The house behind Arthur, across the street to the right side of the photo is the Alice Lee and Katherine Teats South Cottage. The official but incorrect name on the historic designation is the "Teats House (No. 1)." The address is currently 3560 7th Avenue. The original drawings are titled "Cottage for Miss Teats." However, both Alice Lee and Katherine Teats owned the property and commissioned the house.

The house on the left that fronts on 6th Avenue no longer exists. It was built by Charles S. Hamilton (George Marston's former partner and brother-in-law) but is not historically called the Charles Hamilton House. It was originally addressed 3575 6th Street but was later changed to 3561 6th Avenue. The apartments that are currently on the site are addressed as 3563 6th Avenue.

Image courtesy Marston Family Collection.

For more information on the Marston Family, visit: http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/marstonlegacy/progressreform.html

Music at the MarstonJoin SOHO THIS THURSDAY, March 16 at 1:30pm, for a free 30-minute pop-up concert at the Marston Hous...
03/14/2023

Music at the Marston

Join SOHO THIS THURSDAY, March 16 at 1:30pm, for a free 30-minute pop-up concert at the Marston House Museum & Gardens, featuring the award-winning Newbury Park High School Choir from Thousand Oaks, California.

Recognized as one of the finest high school choral programs in the country, the choir offers a memorable musical experience with its concert choir, advanced treble ensemble, and chamber choir groups.

The concert will be held on the south terrace of the Marston House, kicking off the spring season. Guests are welcome to stand or sit on the generous south lawn, but we recommend bringing a moisture-resistant blanket or folding chair in case the ground is damp from the rainy weather.

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy beautiful music in a picturesque setting! Parking is available on Balboa Drive, immediately adjacent to the Marston House grounds.

“In 1865, Old Town had just built the Mason Street schoolhouse. No two boards were the same width or length so it is ass...
03/14/2023

“In 1865, Old Town had just built the Mason Street schoolhouse. No two boards were the same width or length so it is assumed they tore down abandoned structures and salvaged the lumber to build the schoolhouse. Mary Chase Walker was its first teacher. She received a salary of $65 a month here…

“Miss Walker taught for 11 months in the Mason Street School. She became the center of controversy when she invited a black woman to lunch at the Franklin House and some diners stormed out, while others stared with contempt. School enrollment plunged from 36 to 15 students. While supported by Robert D. Israel and Ephraim W. Morse, Walker resigned and later that year married Morse, who was president of the school board.

“After her teaching career, she supported the suffragette movement and worked to help the needy. Mary died in San Diego on May 17, 1899.”—San Diego History Center. https://sandiegohistory.org/archives/biographysubject/mcwalker/

Mary Chase Walker, pictured courtesy San Diego History Center; Mason Street Schoolhouse pictured after being moved to Taylor Street where it served as Old Town Tamale Factory for many years, before being relocated to its current site.

96 years ago today, two very young celebrities made an appearance at the Balboa Park Zoo.  Eight-year-old Muriel Frances...
03/13/2023

96 years ago today, two very young celebrities made an appearance at the Balboa Park Zoo. Eight-year-old Muriel Frances Dana (who co-starred in "Compromise" with Clara Bow) was in town to lead a baby parade at the Balboa Theater. Muriel requested a visit to the zoo when she heard that a llama had just been born a few hours earlier. Muriel was delighted with our new zoo, and when she learned during her visit that there were plans in place to cut it up with roads, she wished she lived in San Diego so her parents could vote to save the zoo.

"I know the boys and girls of San Diego must be as crazy about this place and all the animals as I am...and I hope they can persuade all their mothers and fathers to vote for what the zoo wants."—San Diego Union, March 13, 1927.

For a  to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and observe various architectural styles, including Craftsman, ...
03/12/2023

For a to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and 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.

3226 Curlew Street
Edward Alling House, 1912
William S. Hebbard
Italian Renaissance

Photo by Sandé Lollis.

Save The Date: Garden Walks at the Marston Resume March 19thWith its uniquely California interpretation of the English R...
03/11/2023

Save The Date: Garden Walks at the Marston Resume March 19th

With its uniquely California interpretation of the English Romantic and Arts & Crafts period landscape designs, this tour is a must for garden lovers. The garden tour takes you on an easy walk through two and a half acres of the estate beginning with the first plantings and landscape plan by nationally recognized landscape architect Samuel Parsons, Jr., and George Cooke in 1905 to the 1928 introduction of a formal garden.

1:30pm · 45 minutes
$15

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS
Online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5121239
In Person: Marston House Museum Shop • 3525 Seventh Avenue
Walk up tickets subject to availability

For more information on our monthly Third Sunday Walking Tours, visit us at: http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/tourmhgill.htm

Today with more of our historic trees at risk than ever before due to tree conservation policies and climate change, pes...
03/11/2023
SOHO Joins Kate’s Trees

Today with more of our historic trees at risk than ever before due to tree conservation policies and climate change, pests, and other threats, the need for planting new ones is not just a good idea but an essential one. Now we’re joining Kate Sessions Commitment, aka Kate’s Trees, to invite San Diegans and SOHO members to grow more trees in their front, back, and side yards.

As SOHO works to protect and preserve the historic architectural and cultural resources of our region, our heritage also includes the majestic, mature, and amazing trees in our neighborhoods. Over the years, SOHO has celebrated historic trees and advocated for their historic designation and protecti...

Commemorating March 9, the birth date of Gustav Stickley:The Marston Company was the sole agent in San Diego for origina...
03/09/2023

Commemorating March 9, the birth date of Gustav Stickley:

The Marston Company was the sole agent in San Diego for original and genuine Craftsman furnishings.

Gustav Stickley's designs were highly sought after and Mr. Stickley naturally selected Marston's as the region's premier department store to carry his line.

Women played pivotal roles in the Arts and Crafts movement. This features a number of these artists, designers, and craf...
03/08/2023
Women Designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement | The Art Institute of Chicago

Women played pivotal roles in the Arts and Crafts movement. This features a number of these artists, designers, and craftspeople.

The Arts and Crafts movement originated in mid-19th-century England and gained momentum in Europe and the United States as a solution to the perceived ills of industrialization, mechanized production, and urbanization.

Today marks the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a dark day in the history of the civil rights movement. At the age of 73, ...
03/05/2023

Today marks the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a dark day in the history of the civil rights movement.

At the age of 73, activist Helen Marston showed courage and dedication by traveling to Selma, Alabama to help register Black voters. Her efforts and the efforts of countless others paved the way for greater equality and justice in our country.

Let us honor their legacy by continuing to fight for equal rights for all.


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Credit: National Museum of American History,Smithsonian

For a  to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and observe various architectural styles, including Craftsman, ...
03/05/2023

For a to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and 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.

3240 Curlew Street
Dr. Edwin Forrest Hallenbeck House, 1912
William S. Hebbard


Photo by Sandé Lollis.

New item at the Marston House Museum Shop!Large organic cotton tea towels, hand printed using water-based inks from Hear...
03/04/2023

New item at the Marston House Museum Shop!

Large organic cotton tea towels, hand printed using water-based inks from Hearth and Harrow of Rockport, Maine. High quality, these flour sack towels are both utilitarian in the kitchen and beautiful as a fine dining linen. $18 each.

It's nice to know our own Kate O. Sessions was making nationwide news back in 1890! "Under the heading, 'No Limit to a W...
03/03/2023

It's nice to know our own Kate O. Sessions was making nationwide news back in 1890!

"Under the heading, 'No Limit to a Woman's Ability' the Boston Sunday Globe of September 8th compliments Miss Kate Sessions of this city as follows: ‘...A young woman in San Diego... is doing a paying business in both the wholesale and retail plant trade. She was a school teacher, a graduate of the University of California, and ably filled a position as principal in one of the schools. She did not like teaching, and had a wholesome love of botany. She started a florist shop which has developed into a nursery."—San Diego Weekly Union, September 25, 1890.

Kate O. Sessions, pictured c. 1885, courtesy San Diego History Center.

This tour is perfect for those who want to escape the hurried pace and demands of everyday life and immerse themselves i...
03/02/2023
Garden Lovers, Rejoice! Spring Tours Resume!

This tour is perfect for those who want to escape the hurried pace and demands of everyday life and immerse themselves in the tranquility of a lovely garden. You'll be able to relax, breathe in the fresh air, and let your senses be filled with the sights and smells of nature as you learn about the Marston family’s love of horticulture and landscape design.

Get ready to step into a world of beauty with a SOHO garden tour that's sure to captivate your senses. Experience the delight of our Californian Arts and Crafts period landscape set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Marston House.

Spotlight on George W. Marston, 1850-1946 George Marston's ideals included equal rights for women and minorities, the ri...
03/01/2023

Spotlight on George W. Marston, 1850-1946

George Marston's ideals included equal rights for women and minorities, the right for labor to organize and protect workers, and everyone's right to freedom of expression.

A city councilman, a political organizer, and the first president of the Lincoln-Roosevelt League. He initiated and sustained city planning to counteract the negative effects of urbanization and industrialization as part of his Progressive reform efforts.

Urban parks were a reform effort; the goal was to provide relief from overcrowding and industrial blight, and to create a healthier environment for city living.

He believed employees should have more than a living wage, and opportunities for a great measure of health, comfort, and a beautiful environment.

Photo courtesy Pomona College.

For more information on the Marston Family, visit: http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/marstonlegacy/progressreform.html

Enjoy the Marston House gardens today!
02/28/2023

Enjoy the Marston House gardens today!

For a  to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and observe various architectural styles, including Craftsman, ...
02/26/2023

For a to , tour the nearby neighborhood of Bankers Hill and 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.

3264 Curlew Street
Dr. James & Virginia Churchill House, 1922
William Templeton Johnson
Spanish Revival
Asymmetrical design by one of San Diego’s greatest architects , William Templeton Johnson – this grand home demonstrates the classical Beaux-Arts training that Johnson had, and that he also favored the popular 1920s Spanish Revival style.

Photo by Sandé Lollis.

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BIG poster for even bigger news! Balboa Park's historic Marston House Museum reopens TODAY just in time for San Diego Museum Month. Get your FREE pass at any Macy's or one of 80+ public libraries and enjoy half-off admission during February to the iconic landmark any Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1905, the home and gardens are a joint project of Save Our Heritage Organisation and the City of San Diego. Get $10 off a SOHO membership purchase during Museum Month when you bring your pass too! Shown here is Site Manager Robin Lakin with SDMC's Bob Lehman. TIP: Don't miss the great gift shop!
Another great reason to visit the Marston House Museum at the northwest side of Balboa Park.
The 1905 Hebbard & Gill Carriage House Museum shop at the Marston House Museum & Gardens carries a distinctive mix of gift items, specializing in historic architecture; local history; Arts & Crafts style art, pottery and tile; and a curated selection of plein air paintings by San Diego artists. Learn more at https://www.balboapark.org/museums/marston-house.
Join us and visit the Marston House Museum and Gardens today!
Please join us in welcoming back the Marston House Museum & Gardens, which re-opens for weekend tours starting Saturday, July 3.

http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0721mhwelcomeback.htm
Calling all architecture and history buffs! This Museum Moment is brought to you by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which manages and operates historic sites throughout San Diego County, including Marston House Museum, Whaley House Museum and more. Be sure to give them a follow them for conservation updates, behind-the-scenes, and local historical facts. You can also enjoy newly digitized exhibitions on their museum website.

http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/onlineexhibitsindex.htm
Sharing this cute story from our Marston House Museum, ya gotta love Mr. Marston!

Orien W. Todd, Jr. who served on the board of the YMCA under President George W. Marston recalled Marston as an imposing man who wore a high collar, and at the age of 90 was a very independent individual.
"He was having a doctor check on him here but the doctor told me he had to go to Los Angeles to another doctor and it all turned out later to become a game; he (Marston) wanted to ice skate and they wouldn't let him ice skate down here at the little ice rink we had because of his age...they found out later he wasn't going to any doctor...he was going up there to skate."
The Marston House Museum in Balboa Park invites you to view an online presentation of its special exhibition, “Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture,” a special exhibition commemorating the noted architect's 150th birthday, which is today.
Save Our Heritage Organisation

http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/gill/gillindex.htm
Did you know you can get a discount for your group* any of our museums?

Visit http://www.sohosandiego.org/ourmuseums/ourmuseums.htm and click over to any of our historic museums The Marston House Museum in , the House in Warner Springs, and the Whaley House Museum and in Old Town San Diego. Schedule your group tour today! *Number of group members touring must meet minimum. See individual museum links for more details.
Save the date Sunday, March 22nd, for the Kate Sessions book launch.

Join the San Diego Floral Association at the Marston House Museum for the launch of their new edition of The Complete Writings of Kate Sessions in California Garden with a public party in the formal gardens. For more information on the event visit http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0320sessionsbook.htm
Have you been by the Marston House Museum this week? This past Monday, over 500 volunteers cleaned up the canyon, planting trees and so much more. Check out this great Balboa Park story on 10News – ABC San Diego KGTV. https://bit.ly/3aC8JlB
It's almost Christmas! With perfect gifts—from pint-sized delights to the splurge-worthy finds—the museum stores and gift shops in Balboa Park have everything you need to cross everyone off your list! 🎁

One of the best gifts of all is the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass—gift a full year of art, science, history, and culture. Plus! Exclusive event invites to behind the scenes access, tours and more! Explore Balboa Park

Take a peek at this Holiday Shopping Guide at Balboa Park!👇✨

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