Editor’s Notebook: Tour Point Loma’s architectural gems during OH! San Diego, March 23-24



Welcome to our spring issue! Hopefully, you’ll find it loaded with information to enrich your life on this picturesque peninsula. And in case you think you’ve seen it all, check out the architectural wonders in Point Loma that will be open for free tours, Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 as part of Open House San Diego 2019. All have the “amazing!” stamp of approval from event host, the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

Start your 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. day by checking in at either Point Loma/Hervey Library, 3701 Voltaire St. or Dick Laub NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Road to pick up a free map or have volunteers help you download the event app to your smart phone. Here’s a list of the must-see town treasures:

All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd.

Jennings House Café, 1018 Rosecrans St.

Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive (with tours of Mieras Hall, once home to Albert G. Spalding, the sporting goods tycoon; the phenomenal new Lyle & Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel, and the 32,900-square-foot science center Latter Hall & Sator Hall)

Portuguese Historical Center, 2831 Avenida de Portugal

St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1140 Evergreen St.

Dorothea Laub Dance Place, 2650 Truxtun Road (a 1941 Navy Public Works project)

Luce Auditorium/The Lot, 2620 Truxtun Road (Navy recruits saw training films here and watched the latest Hollywood offerings alongside Point Loma residents. Bob Hope and other celebrities did radio broadcasts from its stage.)

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 2816 Historic Decatur Road

Richards Residence , 955 Bangor St. Designed by Sim Bruce Richards for his family in 1957, the home sits on a steep hillside with mid-century architecture featuring a palette of natural materials, a flowing floorplan and one-of-a-kind fireplace designs. Purchased from the family in 2017, the home now showcases the new owners’ collection of post-war pieces by John Baldessari, Margaret Loring, John Dirks, James Hubbell and Jackson Woolley.

Miller Hull Partnership, 4980 North Harbor Drive, in 2018, Miller Hull moved its architecture studio into the waterfront complex they previously designed. The space was created with the intent to become certified with the Living Building Challenge, which asks: “What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?”

Ullman Sails, 2805 Canon St., in 1967, competitive sailor, David Ullman, founded the company with a single sewing machine, making sails for Lido 14 and Sabot class boats. Today in the space, the company provides sails for Olympian sailors and world-class teams for many Cup races and National Championships.

Armada Terrace Residence, 736 Armada Terrace, this reimagined 1950s-era home seamlessly flows from indoors to outdoors with a floor-to-ceiling sliding door system, an open floorplan, eco-friendly materials, an infinity pool, and abundance of low-irrigation landscape and smart-home technology.

Bali Hai (1953), 2230 Shelter Island Drive

Point Loma Assembly (1915), 3035 Talbot St.

UPSES Chapel (1922), 2818 Avenida de Portugal

— For each locale’s schedule, visit or call (619) 232-1385.

— Editor Susan DeMaggio can be reached at (858) 875-5950 or


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