Marston House Museum

Marston House Museum www.twitter.com/Marston_House One of California's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. Constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston.
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Designed and built by architects William H. Hebbard and Irving J. Gill.

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Visit us at the Marston House, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm.Library, photo by R. Veres.
08/29/2021

Visit us at the Marston House, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm.

Library, photo by R. Veres.

Visit us at the Marston House, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm.

Library, photo by R. Veres.

For a #FineArtFriday “Balboa Park” by MAURICE HENRI MAZEILIE.Maurice Henri Mazeilie was born in Clichy, Seine, France in...
08/27/2021

For a #FineArtFriday “Balboa Park” by MAURICE HENRI MAZEILIE.

Maurice Henri Mazeilie was born in Clichy, Seine, France in 1924. He had studio number 33 in Spanish Village in Balboa Park during the late 1960s and early 70s. While living in California, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His last known residence is in Aurora, Colorado.

Balboa Park, 1969-73
Oil on canvas • 20"x24"
Collection of May Devine—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

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For a #FineArtFriday “Balboa Park” by MAURICE HENRI MAZEILIE.

Maurice Henri Mazeilie was born in Clichy, Seine, France in 1924. He had studio number 33 in Spanish Village in Balboa Park during the late 1960s and early 70s. While living in California, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His last known residence is in Aurora, Colorado.

Balboa Park, 1969-73
Oil on canvas • 20"x24"
Collection of May Devine—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

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Blondes began having a lot more fun in 1925—helped along by the budding motion picture and cosmetics industry. Blondex S...
08/23/2021

Blondes began having a lot more fun in 1925—helped along by the budding motion picture and cosmetics industry. Blondex Shampoo came along to salvage those laboriously obtained platinum locks, and San Diego gals channeling their inner Jean Harlow could purchase Blondex from Marston's—in the toiletry goods department!

Marston’s ad from the August 23, 1925 San Diego Union alongside a 1925 ad from Photoplay magazine, courtesy Leigh Gillard Collection.

Blondes began having a lot more fun in 1925—helped along by the budding motion picture and cosmetics industry. Blondex Shampoo came along to salvage those laboriously obtained platinum locks, and San Diego gals channeling their inner Jean Harlow could purchase Blondex from Marston's—in the toiletry goods department!

Marston’s ad from the August 23, 1925 San Diego Union alongside a 1925 ad from Photoplay magazine, courtesy Leigh Gillard Collection.

There's nothing like a great summer chapeau, and you can see our wonderful exhibit of the beautiful women's hats once av...
08/22/2021

There's nothing like a great summer chapeau, and you can see our wonderful exhibit of the beautiful women's hats once available at Marston's in our Legacy Exhibit at the Marston House Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come see us today!

Marston’s advertisement from The San Diego Union; exhibit photo by Sandé Lollis.

There's nothing like a great summer chapeau, and you can see our wonderful exhibit of the beautiful women's hats once available at Marston's in our Legacy Exhibit at the Marston House Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come see us today!

Marston’s advertisement from The San Diego Union; exhibit photo by Sandé Lollis.

This graphic August sale advertisement for Marston's Department Store was likely dreamed up by George Marston one summer...
08/21/2021

This graphic August sale advertisement for Marston's Department Store was likely dreamed up by George Marston one summer evening after supper at his dining room table, where he often came up with his sales promotions. Marston had his own commercial artists on staff to draw out his ideas, and we think this one is wonderful!

The San Diego Union, August 21, 1930.

This graphic August sale advertisement for Marston's Department Store was likely dreamed up by George Marston one summer evening after supper at his dining room table, where he often came up with his sales promotions. Marston had his own commercial artists on staff to draw out his ideas, and we think this one is wonderful!

The San Diego Union, August 21, 1930.

For a #FineArtFriday “Time to Celebrate” by ROBERT C. KINYON.“Some artists say illustration is not art and that any art ...
08/20/2021

For a #FineArtFriday “Time to Celebrate” by ROBERT C. KINYON.

“Some artists say illustration is not art and that any art to please a client is hack work and unworthy to sacrosanct ‘fine art.’ However, in the partners of Millsap and Kinyon commercial art studio, we find two artists who reject that premise categorically, who are genuinely proud of their profession, preferring it above most easel art exhibited today.”—American Artist magazine, Summer 1969.

Robert C. Kinyon (1940-1979) was an award-winning illustrator and partner in Millsap/Kinyon Illustration, San Diego. This painting was done for Gold in the Sun, one volume in a seven-book series on San Diego history by Richard F. Pourade (Copley Books). Titled “Time to Celebrate,” it portrays the opening festivities of the 1915 Exposition. The caption reads, “A light suspended from a balloon was turned on and bathed the buildings and towers in gold to officially open the Panama-California Exposition. The beauty of its architecture and the warmth of its colors would linger with all those who walked its grounds.”

Time to Celebrate, 1969
Gouache • 15.25"x23.5"
Collection of Alana & Bruce Coons—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

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For a #FineArtFriday “Time to Celebrate” by ROBERT C. KINYON.

“Some artists say illustration is not art and that any art to please a client is hack work and unworthy to sacrosanct ‘fine art.’ However, in the partners of Millsap and Kinyon commercial art studio, we find two artists who reject that premise categorically, who are genuinely proud of their profession, preferring it above most easel art exhibited today.”—American Artist magazine, Summer 1969.

Robert C. Kinyon (1940-1979) was an award-winning illustrator and partner in Millsap/Kinyon Illustration, San Diego. This painting was done for Gold in the Sun, one volume in a seven-book series on San Diego history by Richard F. Pourade (Copley Books). Titled “Time to Celebrate,” it portrays the opening festivities of the 1915 Exposition. The caption reads, “A light suspended from a balloon was turned on and bathed the buildings and towers in gold to officially open the Panama-California Exposition. The beauty of its architecture and the warmth of its colors would linger with all those who walked its grounds.”

Time to Celebrate, 1969
Gouache • 15.25"x23.5"
Collection of Alana & Bruce Coons—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

#FineArtFriday

Weddings in the Marston formal gardens are a historic affair! On August 19, 1933, the Marstons hosted the wedding of Jea...
08/19/2021

Weddings in the Marston formal gardens are a historic affair!

On August 19, 1933, the Marstons hosted the wedding of Jean Utt and Robert Frazee in their 'Italian' formal garden, with splashes of color provided by the petunias, zinnias, blue delphinium, the bright yellow Guagamalan Tacoma Smithie which overhung the tea house, and the sunny fruit of the citrus trees. The couple's vows were taken in front of the fountain surrounded by begonias. A violin, harp, and a cello provided the soft music, and Miss Utt—carrying a bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley—wore a gown of white angel silk satin with a long train in the empire style with a cap and veil of Alencon lace with tiers of tulle. All the ingredients presented a lovely sight indeed.

Make your wedding a historic occasion in the beautiful Marston House Gardens:
http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/weddingvenuemh.htm

Image: The San Diego Union.

Weddings in the Marston formal gardens are a historic affair!

On August 19, 1933, the Marstons hosted the wedding of Jean Utt and Robert Frazee in their 'Italian' formal garden, with splashes of color provided by the petunias, zinnias, blue delphinium, the bright yellow Guagamalan Tacoma Smithie which overhung the tea house, and the sunny fruit of the citrus trees. The couple's vows were taken in front of the fountain surrounded by begonias. A violin, harp, and a cello provided the soft music, and Miss Utt—carrying a bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley—wore a gown of white angel silk satin with a long train in the empire style with a cap and veil of Alencon lace with tiers of tulle. All the ingredients presented a lovely sight indeed.

Make your wedding a historic occasion in the beautiful Marston House Gardens:
http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/weddingvenuemh.htm

Image: The San Diego Union.

It is often noted that there is a certain, storybook charm to the Marston House and its beautifully landscaped gardens. ...
08/16/2021

It is often noted that there is a certain, storybook charm to the Marston House and its beautifully landscaped gardens. This was not lost on grandson Hamilton Marston (1910-2006), who as a boy, after reading the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, utilized the expansive shaded south lawn with his friends to host their youthful gentlemen's tournaments—well-armed with garbage can covers and broomstick spears!

Photo by Sandé Lollis.

It is often noted that there is a certain, storybook charm to the Marston House and its beautifully landscaped gardens. This was not lost on grandson Hamilton Marston (1910-2006), who as a boy, after reading the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, utilized the expansive shaded south lawn with his friends to host their youthful gentlemen's tournaments—well-armed with garbage can covers and broomstick spears!

Photo by Sandé Lollis.

The Marston House Museum Shop is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 4 PM.Photo R. Lakin.
08/14/2021

The Marston House Museum Shop is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 4 PM.

Photo R. Lakin.

The Marston House Museum Shop is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 4 PM.

Photo R. Lakin.

For a #FineArtFriday "Untitled" by GLADYS DAY.Gladys Day was also Margaret (Peg) Marstons mother, Hamilton Marstons moth...
08/13/2021

For a #FineArtFriday "Untitled" by GLADYS DAY.
Gladys Day was also Margaret (Peg) Marstons mother, Hamilton Marstons mother-in-law.

“She would sit on a rock or even wet sand, or she would crawl under fences to get exactly the picture that inspired her.”—Bridge and Bay, 1973.

Born in England, Gladys Day (1890-1979) created art at an early age. In 1920, she and her husband moved to Chula Vista. She took Alfred Mitchell’s “outdoor art class” in 1929 and began painting local houses and gardens in watercolor and selling the pictures to help support her family of five during the Depression. She painted many picturesque Coronado scenes, which she sold from 1934 on. The price: 25 cents. She was still painting at 83, when the Bridge and Bay reporter interviewed her.

Untitled, c. 1950s
Watercolor
11"x8.5"
Collection of Anne Marston—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

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For a #FineArtFriday "Untitled" by GLADYS DAY.
Gladys Day was also Margaret (Peg) Marstons mother, Hamilton Marstons mother-in-law.

“She would sit on a rock or even wet sand, or she would crawl under fences to get exactly the picture that inspired her.”—Bridge and Bay, 1973.

Born in England, Gladys Day (1890-1979) created art at an early age. In 1920, she and her husband moved to Chula Vista. She took Alfred Mitchell’s “outdoor art class” in 1929 and began painting local houses and gardens in watercolor and selling the pictures to help support her family of five during the Depression. She painted many picturesque Coronado scenes, which she sold from 1934 on. The price: 25 cents. She was still painting at 83, when the Bridge and Bay reporter interviewed her.

Untitled, c. 1950s
Watercolor
11"x8.5"
Collection of Anne Marston—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

#FineArtFriday

Beautiful! In full bloom today in the Marston gardens is Tibouchina, the common name is Princess Flower.Image by Robert ...
08/12/2021

Beautiful! In full bloom today in the Marston gardens is Tibouchina, the common name is Princess Flower.

Image by Robert V. Botanical ID by Jessica McGee

Old Timers' picnics were popular during the first half of the 20th century.  On August 11, 1931, some of San Diego Count...
08/11/2021

Old Timers' picnics were popular during the first half of the 20th century.

On August 11, 1931, some of San Diego County's most notable 'old timers' gathered for a picnic at Rancho Guajome, granted to Cave Johnson Couts after he married Ysidora Bandini. Pictured seated on the veranda of the historic adobe are (left to right): Cave J. Couts, Jr., Col. Ed Fletcher, George W. Marston, J.E. Boal, M.F. Heller, Julius Wangenheim, and M.T. Gilmore.

"Believe it or not," Ed Fletcher took the photo while seated. The first self-timing device allowing a photographer to be included in his/her own images was patented in 1902.

Image courtesy Calisphere.

Old Timers' picnics were popular during the first half of the 20th century.

On August 11, 1931, some of San Diego County's most notable 'old timers' gathered for a picnic at Rancho Guajome, granted to Cave Johnson Couts after he married Ysidora Bandini. Pictured seated on the veranda of the historic adobe are (left to right): Cave J. Couts, Jr., Col. Ed Fletcher, George W. Marston, J.E. Boal, M.F. Heller, Julius Wangenheim, and M.T. Gilmore.

"Believe it or not," Ed Fletcher took the photo while seated. The first self-timing device allowing a photographer to be included in his/her own images was patented in 1902.

Image courtesy Calisphere.

08/11/2021
In 1907 George Marston purchased land in Old Town for the specific purpose of preserving California's first Mission and ...
08/09/2021

In 1907 George Marston purchased land in Old Town for the specific purpose of preserving California's first Mission and presidio site; Marston worked with architects John Nolan who planned Presidio Park and William Templeton Johnson whose iconic design of the Serra Museum has become one of San Diego's greatest landmarks. The park and museum were donated to the city for the benefit of all San Diegans in 1929.

Pictured is George Marston (center), signing the plans for the Presidio Park and the Serra Museum in August 1924.

Image courtesy Ed Fletcher Papers/ UCSD

In 1907 George Marston purchased land in Old Town for the specific purpose of preserving California's first Mission and presidio site; Marston worked with architects John Nolan who planned Presidio Park and William Templeton Johnson whose iconic design of the Serra Museum has become one of San Diego's greatest landmarks. The park and museum were donated to the city for the benefit of all San Diegans in 1929.

Pictured is George Marston (center), signing the plans for the Presidio Park and the Serra Museum in August 1924.

Image courtesy Ed Fletcher Papers/ UCSD

"The old F Street store started as a small dry goods shop and became quite a department store in 10 years time. It insta...
08/08/2021

"The old F Street store started as a small dry goods shop and became quite a department store in 10 years time. It installed one of the first telephones in San Diego. It had fashion shows. Its proprietor went to New York once a year to buy goods, then he wrote those marvelous advertisements about the 'latest styles in the lowest prices,' and dressed the store windows in tempting array."—From George Marston's "My Personal Business History"; a supplement in the August 8, 1938, San Diego Union celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Marston Company.

"The old F Street store started as a small dry goods shop and became quite a department store in 10 years time. It installed one of the first telephones in San Diego. It had fashion shows. Its proprietor went to New York once a year to buy goods, then he wrote those marvelous advertisements about the 'latest styles in the lowest prices,' and dressed the store windows in tempting array."—From George Marston's "My Personal Business History"; a supplement in the August 8, 1938, San Diego Union celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Marston Company.

Today we pay tribute to Marston Company staff member, Theron P. Griffiths, who by 1928 had worked for Marston for 39 yea...
08/08/2021

Today we pay tribute to Marston Company staff member, Theron P. Griffiths, who by 1928 had worked for Marston for 39 years, holding the record for length of service.

A Vermont native with a rich family history, Mr. Griffiths arrived in San Diego in 1886 with his wife Kate and began working for Marston's in 1889 as a buyer of haberdashery and men's clothing, making trips to New York each spring to purchase the fall line.

Mr. Griffiths is depicted at the bottom right of the San Diego Evening Tribune's August 8, 1928, Marston Golden Anniversary Supplement, shown here.

Today we pay tribute to Marston Company staff member, Theron P. Griffiths, who by 1928 had worked for Marston for 39 years, holding the record for length of service.

A Vermont native with a rich family history, Mr. Griffiths arrived in San Diego in 1886 with his wife Kate and began working for Marston's in 1889 as a buyer of haberdashery and men's clothing, making trips to New York each spring to purchase the fall line.

Mr. Griffiths is depicted at the bottom right of the San Diego Evening Tribune's August 8, 1928, Marston Golden Anniversary Supplement, shown here.

For a #FineArtFriday "Belfries—Balboa Park" by IVAN MESSENGER.Painter, printmaker, teacher and author Ivan Messenger (18...
08/06/2021

For a #FineArtFriday "Belfries—Balboa Park" by IVAN MESSENGER.

Painter, printmaker, teacher and author Ivan Messenger (1895-1983) visited the Panama California Exposition in 1916, according to one source. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Messenger evidently liked what he saw in San Diego because he returned the next year to work on a farm and moved here around 1925. Once settled in San Diego, Messenger began exhibiting his watercolors, which were well received. He traveled in Mexico and South America to paint, taught art in San Diego and exhibited at the 1935 Exposition. Messenger was a founding member of the San Diego Moderns, an informal artists’ group of men and women who exhibited together starting in the 1930s. In 1969, he wrote the book Not For Tourists Only: An Early Portrait of San Diego, and illustrated it with his drawings, paintings and prints.

Belfries-Balboa Park, c. 1950
Oil on board • 28"x26"
Collection of the City of San Diego Civic Art Collection 1963.1—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

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For a #FineArtFriday "Belfries—Balboa Park" by IVAN MESSENGER.

Painter, printmaker, teacher and author Ivan Messenger (1895-1983) visited the Panama California Exposition in 1916, according to one source. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Messenger evidently liked what he saw in San Diego because he returned the next year to work on a farm and moved here around 1925. Once settled in San Diego, Messenger began exhibiting his watercolors, which were well received. He traveled in Mexico and South America to paint, taught art in San Diego and exhibited at the 1935 Exposition. Messenger was a founding member of the San Diego Moderns, an informal artists’ group of men and women who exhibited together starting in the 1930s. In 1969, he wrote the book Not For Tourists Only: An Early Portrait of San Diego, and illustrated it with his drawings, paintings and prints.

Belfries-Balboa Park, c. 1950
Oil on board • 28"x26"
Collection of the City of San Diego Civic Art Collection 1963.1—For Art of the Park 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015) A SOHO 2015 Centennial exhibition.

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3525 7th Ave
San Diego, CA
92103

The Marston House Museum is located on the far west corner of Balboa Park. For driving directions, 7th Avenue can be accessed from Upas Street via 6th Avenue. For public transportation, go www.sdmts.com for trolley schedules, bus routes and times.

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The San Diego Urban Sketchers visited the garden today, and spend a couple delightful hours capturing the spring day. Here's a link to a video of the visit:
Hello, I'm a film producer. I would like to know who to speak to about using the marston house as a filming location for a 4 hour period. Not much use of furniture, if any.
Any photos of Marston's Dept. Store Christmas windows? I wonder if there is any footage of their wonderful mechanized displays that delighted & amazed us as kids?
Does anyone know when the house will be open again.