A few minutes northeast of downtown San Diego – on the opposite side of Balboa Park from our Banker’s Hill office – lies the historic neighborhood of Burlingame, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Initiated by realtors Joseph McFadden and George Buxton, amidst the building boom touched–off by the fervor over the upcoming Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, lots within the Burlingame tract became available on January 13, 1912. Twenty percent of those lots were sold within the first weekend, and the neighborhood’s characteristic red sidewalks and curbs were fully in-place by the end of the month.
Owing in large part to its unique location atop a mesa and bordering Switzer Canyon, Burlingame stood apart from other contemporary, grid-borne developments such as North Park and the West End. With streets that were contoured to the shape of the canyon’s rim and originally paved with decomposed granite, the resulting neighborhood was one of interwoven clusters rather than blocks.
The first house erected in Burlingame, the Craftsman-style home at 3170 Maple Street, had 10 rooms and a full basement and was completed in April of 1912. As a part of the neighborhood’s Centennial, this home and many others in the neighborhood will be open for tours on June 2, 2012. For an in-depth history of the neighborhood, please visit the San Diego History Center here.
Studio E Architects is also celebrating a landmark birthday as well, as we look forward to turning 25 this year! Keep an eye out for more information on that in future posts…