Balboa Park Exposition Designers, 1915-1935:
The Making of the Dream City
$10 · Softbound · 76 pages
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The exhibition and this publication were created to help celebrate the people behind the beautiful buildings and gardens of Balboa Park—especially those that were designed for the park's two expositions.
The preservation and suitable reuse of so-called temporary exposition buildings on this scale is a rare and precious achievement among American cities. The result? A living cultural "museum" that enriches generations, within its historic buildings and beyond their stately walls, to its gardens and groves, plazas and promenades. According to the National Park Service, the 1915 complex "includes some of the finest Spanish-Baroque Revival structures in America."
While the main influence of the buildings' design is Spanish, there can be found a variety of styles in Balboa Park. Mission Revival, Moorish, Pueblo, Mayan, Classical, and even Art Deco styles can be found on the old Exposition grounds.
The buildings and gardens from both expositions now make up a National Historic Landmark District which is perhaps the most intact exposition site remaining in the nation.
Written and researched by a committee of San Diego's foremost Balboa Park historians.