San Diego, California, is about to launch a public celebration of its architecture, infrastructure, and public urban design. It will become the third city in the United States to be designated as an official “Open House Worldwide.”
La Esquina, 2013. (Courtesy OHSD)
The creation of San Diego native Susanne Friestedt, the program has been five years in the planning and will feature over forty locations around the beautiful ocean side city. The Open House San Diego (OHSD) website lists these locations. Those include: the largest unreinforced masonry building ever to have been moved Bread & Salt; the former Weber Bread Factory, which is being re-purposed as a community arts center in Barrio Logan; and SMARTS Farm, a once vacant East Village lot transformed into a thriving community garden and center for learning.
The Chair of the event, Maxine Ward, plans to expand the program in future years but this first Open House focuses on the city’s downtown and Barrio Logan neighborhood.
Most buildings and sites will be open from 10:00a.m. until 4:00p.m., and will provide open access. Some will offer scheduled talks and guided tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Others will require reservations.