Tuesday, July 01, 2008

San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter

San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter Located in downtown San Diego this16 block area of the city is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most people come here to enjoy one or several of the over 70 sidewalk restaurants and bars. When the sun sets the Gas Lamp Quarter really gets cooking. The lamps come on and people come out to enjoy the fun atmosphere of this historic part of town. At one time this was a run down area full of seedy hotels and bars. In 1976 the city decided to clean up the whole area and create a destination for locals and visitors. Today the quarter is visited by thousands of people each year. All around new high rise condo building are springing up ensuring that the San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter will never fall back to it's run down paste.
San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter historic buildingsIn 1976 the City of San Diego adopted a Planned District Ordinance for the Gas lamp Quarter, establishing design and use guidelines for the redevelopment of the Gas lamp as a National Historic District. During this time of restoration enough architecture was preserved for the Gas lamp Quarter to receive national recognition and in 1980 the entire district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The San Diego Gas lamp Quarter extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th Avenue, covering 16 1/2 blocks. It includes 94 historic buildings, most of which were constructed in the Victorian Era, and are still in use with active tenants including restaurants, shops and clubs.