Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation's mission is "Preserving and promoting the architecture, culture, and history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter"
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“I ka 'ōlelo ke ola, i ka 'ōlelo ka make.” In words is the power of life, in words is the power of death. -Hawaiian Prov...
02/27/2021

“I ka 'ōlelo ke ola, i ka 'ōlelo ka make.”

In words is the power of life, in words is the power of death. -Hawaiian Proverb.

February is Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i or Hawaiian Language month and a perfect time to start learning about the language and rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

From the historic kānaka maoli colony in La Playa in the late 1700s to King Kalākaua’s visit in the late 1800s San Diego’s historic connection to the Hawaiian Islands is deep.

What is our museum’s connection to Hawaii? William Heath Davis Jr. He is the one who brought the historic Davis-Horton House to San Diego and began the development of New Town San Diego. Davis was kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) from his grandmother who was part of King Kamehameha’s royal court. Learn more about Davis and his Hawaiian heritage by checking out our online exhibit, “William Heath Davis and the building of New Town San Diego in 1850. “
E Ola Mau ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/buildingnewtown1850/

In 1887, the historic Clermont Hotel opened its doors. In 1915 during the Panama-California Exposition many tourists fro...
02/26/2021

In 1887, the historic Clermont Hotel opened its doors. In 1915 during the Panama-California Exposition many tourists from all over the world came to San Diego and needed a place to stay. The Clermont catered to everyone, both whites and people of color. According to the Historic Resources Board this hotel served as the catalyst to the area’s development catering to many African American owned businesses in the area.

Today, this structure is run as a hostel. Do you know which building this is? How about where it is in the historic Gasl...
02/25/2021

Today, this structure is run as a hostel. Do you know which building this is? How about where it is in the historic Gaslamp Quarter?

This hotel was built in 1912 in anticipation of the Panama-California Exposition, and opened specifically for people of color. It was operated and eventually owned by Joe Robison, an African-American man who ran a billiard parlor and men’s locker room on the first floor. The building also housed one of San Diego’s first Chinese restaurants, making the Ideal a meeting place for diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Home of the famous “Stingaree Hooch” during the roaring 1920s.Well... maybe not...famous. It was Prohibition after all! ...
02/18/2021

Home of the famous “Stingaree Hooch” during the roaring 1920s.

Well... maybe not...famous. It was Prohibition after all! Alcohol was illegal so this was a secret... unless you knew where to look! Find out more at our Speakeasy Soirée this Friday night!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/virtual-speakeasy-soiree/

Do you know who this iconic San Diego tour guide is? During the boom years of the 1880s, he sensed the excitement surrou...
02/11/2021

Do you know who this iconic San Diego tour guide is?

During the boom years of the 1880s, he sensed the excitement surrounding San Diego and arrived here to settle permanently.

He was employed as a guide by the National City and Otay Railway.

Known for his huge sombrero, his five-pointed star, his ever-ready smile, and accommodating manner he was a veritable wealth of information.

His tours left from the NC & O Railroad Depot, located at 536 L St., the current location of the Hard Rock Hotel.

Don your most spiffy “glad rags”- or your comfies!- and celebrate with us on Friday, February 19th at 7 pm at our virtua...
02/06/2021

Don your most spiffy “glad rags”- or your comfies!- and celebrate with us on Friday, February 19th at 7 pm at our virtual speakeasy!

We are excited to unveil our newest tour focused on buildings in the historic Gaslamp that were significant during the roaring 1920s.

Learn a little bit of history while mixing up some cocktails- or “mock tails” if you prefer- that were the bee knee’s during the era of Prohibition.

With you there, this event is sure to be the Cat’s Meow!

More info : https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/virtual-speakeasy-soiree/

Can you guess which building this is? It was home to various multicultural tenants over the years but one of its most si...
02/03/2021

Can you guess which building this is?

It was home to various multicultural tenants over the years but one of its most significant was The Crossroads in the 1950s. The Crossroads Jazz Club was a showcase for local African-American talent and was said to be the birthplace of San Diego’s jazz scene. It was also home to the Kong-Nam Cafè and you can still see its name in the tile work at the entrance.

#MuseumsForMasks - We are joining our fellow museums across California in supporting CA’s COVID-19 health guidelines! Wh...
01/28/2021

#MuseumsForMasks - We are joining our fellow museums across California in supporting CA’s COVID-19 health guidelines! When we are able to open again you can support your local museums and residents by:

😷 Wearing your mask
🧍—-🧍‍♀️Keeping your distance (6 ft+)
🏠 Staying home if you’re sick
🧼 Washing your hands frequently

Thank you for all your support!

Have you ever heard of the Creole Palace night club? Stay tuned! We are working on a tour showcasing buildings and histo...
01/22/2021

Have you ever heard of the Creole Palace night club? Stay tuned! We are working on a tour showcasing buildings and history of the Gaslamp area during the roaring 1920s!

Thank you to Frolickinc for mentioning our Historical Walking Tour in the latest episode of their podcast!
01/20/2021

Thank you to Frolickinc for mentioning our Historical Walking Tour in the latest episode of their podcast!

On today’s episode! The infamous room #309, Haunted by a Cowboy Gambler, Wyatt Earp connections, and ghostly ladies of the night... Continuing on the ghost front is Haunted Historic San Diego's, Davis Horton House, and the Ghosts that reside within it. Also, the Historic walking tours in the Gaslamp, and nightcaps at the Salt & Whiskey Bar (located inside the Horton Grand).

It's Dry January! and we are celebrating friends who belong to the "Sober Girl Society". The drinks of choice tonight are non-alcoholic. Plus, a good detox never hurt nobody!

Cheers! to all our Sober Friends and Family!

Be sure to support @Brians24sd on insta our fav spot for a bit of Breakfast! The only restaurant open 24/7 in the Quarter.

Honorable mentions in this episode:
Horton Grand Hotel: hortongrand.com
Davis Horton House: gaslampfoundation.org
Spirits with Spirits Podcast with Host Jordan Monsell and Richard Carradine, Episode 14.
@spiritswspiritspodcast
Mady & Kelsi on Youtube:
https://youtu.be/1MbVOlOKPDc

p.s. Kelli Gonzales here's the episode you've been waiting for! Thank you for reaching out for us to put it in the que!
@kelligonzalesphotography

#FrolickingChronicles #Frolickinc #podcastersofinstagram #paranormal #paranormalpodcast #ghoststories #haunted #hauntedhotels #hauntedhotelsandiego
#brians24 #gaslampmuseum

Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade at dusk.  Dedicated in 1992, MLK Jr. Promenade located just a short walk from the histo...
01/19/2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade at dusk.
Dedicated in 1992, MLK Jr. Promenade located just a short walk from the historic Gaslamp Quarter features over 20 inspirational messages by MLK Jr. as well as the public art sculpture “Breaking of the Chains” by Mel Edwards.

Timken Museum of Art
01/15/2021

Timken Museum of Art

There are many beautiful, historically significant buildings in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Today for #FlashbackFriday, we’re taking a look at one that dates back to 1894: the Timken Building on the corner of Fifth and Market.

Henry Timken (father of the Timken that founded our Museum) selected Joseph Falkenham to design an impressive Romanesque-style brick building for his property. The structure featured an arched entrance, elaborate wire and glass lightwell (skylight), intricate brick overhang from the roof, and a continuous decorative tile exterior below the large storefront windows. Mr. Timken was so pleased with the building’s appearance that upon its completion, he gifted the architect a new horse, harness, and buggy rig! The final cost of the building was $7,200.

Pictured here is the building today. It maintains much of the original construction’s elaborate features and remains an impressive building to our downtown landscape.

If you'd like to learn more about San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and the many historical buildings therein, check out the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

#historicpreservation #historicbuildings #sandiegohistory #sandiego #gaslampdistrict #gaslampquarter #gaslampsandiego #historictour #gaslampmuseum #museumfromhome #virtuallearning #timken #HenryTimken #TimkenHistory #FBF

Our Museum Gift Store is open for curbside pick up and shipping. We appreciate everyone that has made a purchase at our ...
01/13/2021

Our Museum Gift Store is open for curbside pick up and shipping. We appreciate everyone that has made a purchase at our shop for books, Gaslamp History related souvenirs, artisan soaps, locally made jewelry and more! Thank you for helping us keep the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation alive with your purchases and donations!

Visit our gift shop page to browse:
https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

Look up! The historic buildings of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter each have unique and intricate architectural details. Can...
01/13/2021

Look up! The historic buildings of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter each have unique and intricate architectural details. Can you guess on which corner this shot was taken?

Doña Maria de Jesus Telesfora de los Santos Reyes Estudillo Davis was born on January 5, 1829. She was the youngest daug...
01/05/2021

Doña Maria de Jesus Telesfora de los Santos Reyes Estudillo Davis was born on January 5, 1829. She was the youngest daughter of Juana Martinez and Don Jose Joaquin Estudillo. Her father was the second alcalde of Yerba Buena (now know as San Francisco), and her uncle José Antonio Estudillo, a prominent Californio in early San Diego, built one of the finest homes in Alta California. It still stands today and is known as the Casa de Estudillo in Old Town San Diego. As the wife of William Heath Davis Jr. , Maria was the link between Old Town San Diego and Davis' "New Town" built on the bay.

There are so many beautiful, historically significant buildings in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Each one has its own sto...
01/05/2021

There are so many beautiful, historically significant buildings in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Each one has its own story to tell. You can learn a little bit about each building as you walk around downtown! Just look for the gold markers!

To read more in depth histories you can visit our website and go to the “landmarks” section for articles on different buildings written by our historian.

We also offer tours, and building snippets on our social media accounts given by our expert volunteer tour guides! The history of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is waiting for you!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslamp-landmarks/

No one loved “Hogmanay” quite like the Victorians! Here is all the info you need to ring in the New Year- Victorian styl...
12/31/2020
Victorian Snippets-New Years Traditions

No one loved “Hogmanay” quite like the Victorians! Here is all the info you need to ring in the New Year- Victorian style!

Good luck superstitions and festive parties! Victorians were all about Hogmanay!

Last full moon of 2020 shines over the oldest house in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter 🌝
12/31/2020

Last full moon of 2020 shines over the oldest house in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter 🌝

Our offices will be closed December 23-27. Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas!
12/23/2020

Our offices will be closed December 23-27. Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas!

Do you have a dog lover on your gift list? They will love a gift featuring San Diego’s Town Dog “Bum.” This lovable and ...
12/19/2020

Do you have a dog lover on your gift list? They will love a gift featuring San Diego’s Town Dog “Bum.” This lovable and loyal dog once roamed the streets of San Diego and was loved by many, especially the children! Keep this remarkable canine’s story alive!

Visit our website for more: https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

So much holiday cuteness and cheer at the Gaslamp “Howliday Pawty” !
12/19/2020

So much holiday cuteness and cheer at the Gaslamp “Howliday Pawty” !

This gorgeous jewelry is all handmade by a local San Diego artist! Each design is uniquely crafted with inspiration from...
12/18/2020

This gorgeous jewelry is all handmade by a local San Diego artist! Each design is uniquely crafted with inspiration from nature, the seasons, and vintage touches. It’s the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves one of a kind pieces! Visit our website for more:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

Give a little bit of “San Diego” to your loved ones this year. “San Diego Architecture Downtown” is an easy to read book...
12/17/2020

Give a little bit of “San Diego” to your loved ones this year. “San Diego Architecture Downtown” is an easy to read booklet filled with information on many of downtown San Diego’s buildings, the Gaslamp Quarter included, and is only $19.95 each. Get to know the historic Victorian era buildings a bit more with the “Gaslamp Quarter Architectural Map.” At just $2 each it makes a great stocking stuffer! Plus if you purchase the “Gaslamp Quarter Architectural Map” we will include one pack of four Gaslamp Buildings magnets for free! Offer is good until December 31, 2020.
Visit our gift store online: https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

Christmas is just 10 Days away! If you are still looking for unique gifts have a look at our gift shop: https://gaslampf...
12/15/2020

Christmas is just 10 Days away! If you are still looking for unique gifts have a look at our gift shop:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

We have books, candles, jewelry, music, magnets, mugs, fans, plush toys, old-fashioned puzzles, and more! Your purchase helps us continue to preserve the history and architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter. If you purchase $25 or more from December 16-December 22 you will receive a free gift with purchase.

Give a little bit of “San Diego” to your loved ones this year. These artisan soaps are locally made by Ann San Diego. Ea...
12/15/2020

Give a little bit of “San Diego” to your loved ones this year. These artisan soaps are locally made by Ann San Diego. Each scent captures the essence of our city and are named after landmarks, icons, or areas of San Diego like “Embarcadero Breeze,” “Trolley Spice,” or our favorite, “Horton’s Oatmeal.” At just $6.50 each they make wonderful stocking stuffers and will add an extra touch of scent and love to your gift! Visit our gift shop page for more gift ideas!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

Thank you so much to our lovely members and guests who joined us virtually for our Victorian Tea and Tree lighting party...
12/13/2020

Thank you so much to our lovely members and guests who joined us virtually for our Victorian Tea and Tree lighting party! Huge thank you to Shakespeare’s Corner Shop and Afternoon Tea on India Street for the yummy tea and treats!

We had so much fun sharing the history of popular Christmas traditions and showing off the festive decor in the Davis-Horton House.

Missed our virtual party? We are doing more virtual tours of the house so you can still see the house decorated for the holidays!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/virtual-davis-horton-house-victorian-christmas-tour/

Brush up on San Diego history with these titles from our gift shop! Images of America titles: $21.99 each San Diego Yest...
12/10/2020

Brush up on San Diego history with these titles from our gift shop!

Images of America titles: $21.99 each
San Diego Yesterday and The Way We Were in San Diego: $16.99 each

For more books and gift ideas check out our store online:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

Our Museum Gift Shop is open for curbside pick up or shipping! This week we are highlighting some titles that would make...
12/08/2020

Our Museum Gift Shop is open for curbside pick up or shipping! This week we are highlighting some titles that would make a great gift for the book lovers in your life...including yourself :-)

Please email the items you would like to [email protected].

Thank you for shopping with us! For more gifts visit our store website:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/gaslampmuseumgiftshop/

Please join us on Saturday, December 12th at 1 pm for our afternoon tea and tree lighting! Our elves are working extra h...
12/07/2020

Please join us on Saturday, December 12th at 1 pm for our afternoon tea and tree lighting! Our elves are working extra hard to make the house look even more enchanting and bring a little Victorian charm to your holidays!

This event is virtual and the festivities start at 1 pm pacific time. You will get the first glimpse of a Christmas tour of the Davis-Horton House as you enjoy your specially selected tea from our friends at Shakespeare Corner Shoppe. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support of the Gaslamp Museum!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/virtual-victorian-christmas-tea/

Address

410 Island Ave
San Diego, CA
92101

General information

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday, 12:00pm to 3:30pm. Admission: $5 General Admission Free under 7 Audio Tour: $10 for Adults $8 for Seniors and Active Military $5 for Students Free under 7

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 15:30

Telephone

(619) 233-4692

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The Story of the Davis-Horton House

The oldest structure in “New Town” (now called Gaslamp Quarter) San Diego! Throughout it’s 100-plus year history, the house has been used as a military barracks, boarding house, county hospital, and private residence. It is now the Gaslamp Museum, and the headquarters of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation whose mission is “to preserve the architecture, culture, and history” of the birthplace of modern San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter. It is the only house still standing that was lived in by Alonzo Horton, one of San Diego’s Founding Fathers. You can take a self-guided, or audio-guided tour of the house Tuesday-Sunday, or delve deeper into the history of the house and the district by joining one of our Historical Walking Tours, Pub Crawls, or Ghost Tours.

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