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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Telegram to Albert Einstein, May 1, 1946 From Helen Marston.WESTERN UNIONLOS ANGELES CALIF  DR ALBERT EINSTEIN EMERGENCY...
07/28/2020

Telegram to Albert Einstein, May 1, 1946 From Helen Marston.

WESTERN UNION
LOS ANGELES CALIF DR ALBERT EINSTEIN
EMERGENCY COMMITTEE OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS PRINCETON NJER
1946 MAY 1 AM 7 04

YOUR TELEGRAPHIC APPEAL STIRRED LOCAL ATOMIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE DEEPLY HOLDING GREAT MASS MEETING JUNE 11 DOWN TOWN LOS ANGELES ENDORSED BY 100 OUTSTANDING LEADERS WILL YOU HELP CHANGE THINKING ON WEST COAST BY ADDRESSING MEETING AND PRESENTING YOUR COMMITTEES CAUSE WE EARNESTLY PRAY HELP US TO HELP YOU IF IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO COME SUGGEST OTHER TOP RANKING SCIENTISTS OF COMMITTEE WILL PAY EXPENSES WILL TELEPHONE YOU 12 NOON TODAY
HELEN MARSTON BEARDSLEY
(signature)
Helen Marston Beardsley

Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists sends greetings to from Los Angeles meeting and pledges to support your efforts to harness atomic energy for benefit of mankind.


#BeLiIkeHelen

Image and info courtesy: Special Collections & Archives Research Center Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Helen Marston's activism included going door to door registering Black voters in Selma, Alabama in the Spring of 1965 an...
07/28/2020

Helen Marston's activism included going door to door registering Black voters in Selma, Alabama in the Spring of 1965 and in her 80s!
Let's make sure we are all registered to vote!

Is your registration current? Remember, if you've moved recently, you need to re-register!
You can really easily check HERE: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration

You can also sign up for ballot information via email instead of mail if you prefer.

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Very interesting!May (Mary) Morris (1862-1938)British designer and editor) was the daughter of the designer William Morr...
07/27/2020

Very interesting!

May (Mary) Morris (1862-1938)British designer and editor) was the daughter of the designer William Morris.

"When she was a child her mother, Jane Morris, and her aunt Bessie Burden taught her to make large scale embroideries in crewelwork (wool). They were based on Morris’s medieval models. She was also encouraged to design for herself. In 1885 she took over the embroidery section of the firm. She took on Morris & Co. after her father’s death and continued to provide designs for them. These were for embroideries both large and small. Some were carried out by women at the Royal School of Needlework."

... In 1885, aged 23, she became the director of the embroidery department at her father's enterprise Morris & Co.

...She edited her father's Collected Works in 24 volumes for Longmans, Green and Company, published from 1910 to 1915, and also commissioned two houses, as had her mother Jane, to be built in the style that he loved after his death, and which are still standing in the village of Kelmscott in the Cotswolds in England."

Embroidery Design, ca. 1885
pencil and watercolour
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

May Morris (British designer and editor) 1862 - 1938
Embroidery Design, ca. 1885
pencil and watercolour
50.2 x 21.6 cm. (19.76 x 8.5 in.)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Catalogue Note Museum
May (Mary) Morris (1862-1938) was the daughter of the designer William Morris (1834-1896). When she was a child her mother, Jane Morris, and her aunt Bessie Burden taught her to make large scale embroideries in crewel work (wool). They were based on Morris’s medieval models. She was also encouraged to design for herself. In 1885 she took over the embroidery section of the firm. She took on Morris & Co. after her father’s death and continued to provide designs for them. These were for embroideries both large and small. Some were carried out by women at the Royal School of Needlework.

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May Morris was born in 25 March 1862 at Red House, Bexleyheath, and was named Mary as she was born on the Feast of the Annunciation. May learned to embroider from her mother Jane Burden Morris (1839-1914) and her aunt Bessie Burden, who had been taught by William Morris (1834-1896). In 1881, she enrolled at the National Art Training School, the precursor of the Royal College of Art, to study embroidery. In 1885, aged 23, she became the director of the embroidery department at her father's enterprise Morris & Co..

In 1886, May fell in love with Henry Halliday Sparling (1860-1924), the secretary of the Socialist League. Despite her mother's concerns about her future son-on-law, they married 14 June 1890 at Fulham Register Office. The marriage broke down in 1894 over her affair with a former lover, the playwright George Bernard Shaw. The Sparlings were divorced in 1898 and May resumed her maiden name.

She edited her father's Collected Works in 24 volumes for Longmans, Green and Company, published from 1910 to 1915, and also commissioned two houses, as had her mother Jane, to be built in the style that he loved after his death, and which are still standing in the village of Kelmscott in the Cotswolds in England.

May Morris died at Kelmscott Manor 17 October 1938

May Morris was an influential embroideress and designer, although her contributions are often overshadowed by those of her father, a towering figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Morris himself is credited with the resurrection of free-form embroidery in the style which would be termed art needlework. Art needlework emphasized freehand stitching and delicate shading in silk thread, and was thought to encourage self-expression in the needleworker; this contrasted sharply with the brightly coloured Berlin wool work needlepoint and its "paint by numbers" aesthetic which had gripped much of home embroidery in the mid-nineteenth century.

May Morris was active in the Royal School of Art Needlework (now Royal School of Needlework), founded as a charity in 1872 under the patronage of Princess Helena to maintain and develop the art of needlework through structured apprenticeships.

The original concrete ground-level birdbath on the South lawn still serves its purpose, can you see the hawk?  Caretaker...
07/25/2020

The original concrete ground-level birdbath on the South lawn still serves its purpose, can you see the hawk? Caretaker Robert V. says we have not seen it there since March!

"On Monday, January 5, we went to San Diego, in the extreme southwestem part of the state, and only eight miles from the...
07/22/2020

"On Monday, January 5, we went to San Diego, in the extreme southwestem part of the state, and only eight miles from the Mexican line. The meeting here had been arranged for by Mr. George W. Marston, the largest and most successful merchant of the city. It was held in the Isis Theater, which was so full that the stage was covered with chairs to give additional seats... One of the very pleasant features of the visit to San Diego, was a launch ride on the Bay, given by Mr. Marston and a number of men belonging to a club there, under whose auspices the meeting was held. San Diego Bay, set quite around with mountains, is said to be more beautiful even than the famous Bay of Naples, and as this day was the first time that either of us had seen the Pacific Ocean, we were glad to have this opportunity to ride upon it."-Booker T. Washington Papers Volume 7: 1903-4.

-When he got home to Tuskegee, Washington sent Marston a letter, thanking him for his “deep interest in the work of this institution and for your very great kindness in making my trip so successful.”

We do not have an image of the Isis Theatre event, but, here Mr. Washington holds a Carnegie Hall audience spellbound during his lecture. Mark Twain is seated just behind Mr. Washington. Image courtesy New York Times-

"While our historic sites have been closed due to Covid-19, SOHO has turned this unexpected and historic event, into an ...
07/18/2020
A Spoonful of Sugar Turns a Lemon into Lemonade

"While our historic sites have been closed due to Covid-19, SOHO has turned this unexpected and historic event, into an opportunity, determined to make lemonade out of one of the biggest lemons of this century. Our curatorial and facilities crews have not been idle: starting with a review of work to be done and repairs to be made, we are making real headway. And oh, how sweet that lemonade will be when we are able to reopen our museum doors to share San Diego's rich history with the public once more!" writes Robin Lakin, Museum & Visitor Services Staff Coordinator for the Whaley House and an invaluable member of the curatorial and history team.

Read about just some of the projects we have been working on:http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0720whstewardship.htm

07/18/2020
"You are old," said the boy, "as I mentioned before, and are growing becomingly fat, yet you juggle the balls to the num...
07/18/2020

"You are old," said the boy, "as I mentioned before, and are growing becomingly fat, yet you juggle the balls to the number of four, pray how do you ever do that?" "In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks, "I kept all my limbs very supple, by playing baseball, to the wonder of all, and making home runs by the couple." -Poem by Arthur Marston for his father, George W. Marston.

Image George Marston (standing far right) was a baseball player from his boyhood days in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, where he was the youngest member of the renowned Beloit Olympian Base Ball Club shown here.
Courtesy Marston family.

In August of 1890, San Diego's Methodist Ladies' Aid Society hosted a reception featuring an exhibition of antique dolls...
07/14/2020

In August of 1890, San Diego's Methodist Ladies' Aid Society hosted a reception featuring an exhibition of antique dolls.

Miss Mary Marston exhibited a pair of dolls that had been a treasured part of the Marston family since 1813. Dressed as a Scottish highland chief and his bride, these were the oldest dolls shown in the exhibition, for which Mary received a prize of a one-dollar gold coin, personally delivered to the lucky recipient at the Marston residence by Mrs. Eb Williams, President of the Society.

An example of a pair of regionally dressed dolls from this era shown below, bedecked in French attire.

Elizabeth Le Breton Marston Bade was an active outdoorswoman and an early member of the Sierra Club (Founded 1903) Her f...
07/12/2020

Elizabeth Le Breton Marston Bade was an active outdoorswoman and an early member of the Sierra Club (Founded 1903) Her father George and brother Arthur were among its earliest members. Here she is seen far left on the 1909 High Trips" she attended 1906, 1909, and 1916 trips.

High Trips were large annual wilderness excursions organized and led by the Sierra Club, beginning in 1901.

Image is from Elizabeth’s personal photo album, courtesy of the Bade family, we are so grateful to have some of these images to share.

Fun little artifact! Marston's Cold Cream Private labeled, c. 1940's
07/12/2020
Marston's cold cream

Fun little artifact! Marston's Cold Cream
Private labeled, c. 1940's

Marston's cold cream, private labeled, c. 1940s

"Charge Card" from The Marston Company. San Diego, 1920's. These were run through a little roller to produce a copy. Wit...
07/12/2020

"Charge Card" from The Marston Company. San Diego, 1920's. These were run through a little roller to produce a copy.

With permission from the original owner.

07/10/2020
Thought we would take a stroll down Seventh Avenue this week and highlight each home. It was in 1903 when George and Ann...
07/08/2020

Thought we would take a stroll down Seventh Avenue this week and highlight each home.

It was in 1903 when George and Anna bought ten acres on the east side of what was then known as Crittenden’s Addition. Five of the acres were for the Marston House while the other five were subdivided and transformed into a small collection of thoughtfully landscaped architect-designed homes created for the Marston family, and other prominent San Diegans who were friends.

The Arthur & Elsa Marston House, 1909
3575 Seventh Avenue.
Architect Irving J. Gil.
Arthur and his wife, Elsa purchased the property in April of 1908 Arthur had become vice president of the Marston Company by this time. The couple hired Irving Gill, who was no longer with partner William Hebbard by this time and the home was completed in December of 1909.

Typical Gill features such as a boxy shape, casement windows, and recessed arched entry can be seen and although Gill produced several presentation renderings for the home with most showing a stucco finish, the Marstons kept to the family’s fondness for red brick.

In 1929 and 1930, Irving Gill’s nephew, Louis Gill, who had been his partner from 1914 to 1919, designed a north wing addition and the separate garage with apartment above.

Photo by Sande Lollis for SOHO.

Elizabeth Le Breton Marston Badè, 1884-1987 the third child (of five) of Anna and George Marston on the happy occasion o...
07/08/2020

Elizabeth Le Breton Marston Badè, 1884-1987 the third child (of five) of Anna and George Marston on the happy occasion of her wedding day, she married William Frederic Badè, Sierra Club president, and John Muir's biographer.

See more at our newly launched Marston Legacy online exhibit.http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/marstonlegacy/introduction.html

Mary Marston writes of her father “Religion was the motive power of father’s life. It gave him practical guidance as wel...
07/07/2020

Mary Marston writes of her father “Religion was the motive power of father’s life. It gave him practical guidance as well as inspiration for living . . . It led … to his part in the movement within the church for social action. It influenced his business principles and his political views.” George White Marston; A Family Chronicle, 1956

We so love this photo of George, relaxing on the teracce reading the newspaper.

Happy Sunday morning friends!The Walker fountain has to be the most photographed background spot in the formal garden!  ...
07/05/2020

Happy Sunday morning friends!
The Walker fountain has to be the most photographed background spot in the formal garden! Here is a look at the design and workings.

"The garden as a whole should express the feeling of an outdoor living room, and as in a living room, one usually has two special points of interest—the hearth with places to sit grouped about it, and, if one is fortunate enough, a view from windows…The hearth in the living room becomes the wall fountain in the garden. "- Hale Walker

This 1927 plan by Hale Walker shows the construction details of the wall fountain in the formal garden.

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July 4th, 1930- San Diego celebrates the opening of a new park! George Marston at the dedication of Eucalyptus Park in C...
07/04/2020

July 4th, 1930- San Diego celebrates the opening of a new park! George Marston at the dedication of Eucalyptus Park in Casa de Oro.

June Garden Fair"Pictured at this decorative end of the formal garden at the George Marston home are attractive young ma...
07/03/2020
June Garden Fair

June Garden Fair
"Pictured at this decorative end of the formal garden at the George Marston home are attractive young matrons and debs who will assist with arrangements for the Neighborhood House garden benefit to be given Saturday, June 5, in the Marston gardens. "

Image: Photo spread from a feature that appeared in the San Diego Union on Sunday, May 28, 1939.

Left to right are: Mrs. William F. Akerman, Misses Elizabeth Cronan, Alice O'Neill, Fay Fisher, Dolores Bacon, Katherine Thayer, Georgette Dean, Peggy Alberty and Mrs. Earl Rice.—Richard Lewis photo, Union staff.

June Garden Fair Photo spread from a feature that appeared in the San Diego Union on Sunday, May 28, 1939. The caption read: Pictured at this decorative end of the formal garden at the George Marston home are attractive young matrons and debs who will assist with arrangements for the Neighborhood Ho...

Marston's Tea RoomAdded in April of 1955, the 190-seat tearoom was the first sit-down serviced food offering at Marston'...
07/02/2020

Marston's Tea Room
Added in April of 1955, the 190-seat tearoom was the first sit-down serviced food offering at Marston's, and was designed by architect Sam Hamill. Brother-in-law Gordon Petit, as Marston's vice president, oversaw the tearoom construction.

A successful addition to the shopping experience, it became very popular with lunch and dinner hours and known for its good food, not only as an elegant place to eat. Marston's won a 1960 American Restaurant Magazine contest for the best sandwich, the Pacific Paragon.

Recipe included at the link
http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/marstonlegacy/01tearoom.htm

As promised! The Marston Legacy: Progress and Preservation, an Online Exhibit.
07/01/2020
SOHO Debuts The Marston Legacy Online

As promised! The Marston Legacy: Progress and Preservation, an Online Exhibit.

Remarkable doesn't begin to capture the selfless, visionary accomplishments and philanthropy of George W. Marston. This tireless civic leader, successful merchant, and prescient preservationist arrived in San Diego in 1870, two days after he turned 20, and fell in love with San Diego and its setting...

Caretaker Robert V. sent us this shot of the first blooms of the season on the white Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) These...
06/28/2020

Caretaker Robert V. sent us this shot of the first blooms of the season on the white Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) These are young trees but will bloom all summer long!

"The Cleanfast Hosiery Company knew that Marston's was headquarters for Ladies and Children's hose, and gave us exclusiv...
06/28/2020

"The Cleanfast Hosiery Company knew that Marston's was headquarters for Ladies and Children's hose, and gave us exclusive sale of their Robinson's Dye fast black goods."

San Diego Union - November 11, 1889

Once referred to as a "shy girl with no experience in public speaking," Helen Marston's experiences at Wellesly College ...
06/27/2020

Once referred to as a "shy girl with no experience in public speaking," Helen Marston's experiences at Wellesly College opened up a whole new world for the young woman with a privileged upbringing, where Helen realized that her station in life could be of great benefit in helping those far less fortunate. Along with her sister Mary, Helen established the Neighborhood House in 1914, joining the "settlement house" movement pioneered by Jane Adams in the late 19th century, in order to assist immigrants in transitioning to life in America.

"The Neighborhood House was operated by European Americans and served Mexican Americans and
Mexican immigrants, African American migrants, and European immigrants. While this charity was open
to all, the mission of the organization was essentially focused on Mexican immigrants and Mexican
Americans." -SD Historic Resources Survey

Image: The original Neighborhood House. c.1949. The unadorned building can be seen here in the background of the MC Amador Jr. Market.

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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.