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Marston House Museum

3525 Seventh Ave., Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
619 298 3142
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Ranked #77 of 231 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is one of the hidden gems of San Diego, a 1905 Irving Gill designed home next to Balboa Park, in the heart of San Diego. It is full of arts and crafts furnishings, just as it was in the early twentieth century, and the forward thinking architect combined with his environmentally conscious client (George Marston) created a beautiful home.... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

2 adults 1 - 8 yr old. We found out about this house through trip-advisor and decided to explore a little history of San Diego. The house itself is off the path so to speak but is nearby balboa park and hillcrest. We parked in front of the high rise apartment that was near by and walked to the gift... More

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San Diego, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I read the reviews and come to the conclusion that it really, really depends on your guide. I am a local history teacher. My guide talked a lot about the architecture and the interior furnishings (as being in keeping with the style of the house, but not the family for whom it was built,) but very little on Marston and... More

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Palm Springs
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42 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Excellent example of "Arts and Crafts" architecture. Take the tour for an inside look. The docent was very passionate about the building, and trying to save other historic sites in San Diego. Well worth the admission price. Great way to spend a couple of hours. NW corner of Balboa park.

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Alexandria, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were in the Balboa district of San Diego which harbors many museums and is adjacent to the wonderful San Diego Zoo and the excellent San Diego Museum of Art. After touring the art museum, we had lunch at the Prado restaurant ( very nice setting and good food) and wandered over to the Marston house in time for a... More

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Cayucos, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

An excellent tour by Bobbie gave us an informative and interesting view of this wonderful home. Well worth the visit. A short walk from the trolley stop on the edge of Balboa Park. Beautiful home, beautiful grounds, and a great guide!

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California, USA
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Loved it! The tour (about 45 minutes long) brings it to life. The gardens are lovely to stroll or sit in. Bring a picnic... Very well worth the admissions fee (to the house w/tour; the gardens are free).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This house is billed as 'one of the ten most important Arts and Crafts houses in North America.' There are a few things wrong with that. Nice house, but not typical Arts and Crafts. Not even typical Craftsman, although it’s full of Craftsman style furniture, which the guide insisted was all Stickley. Maybe. It was designed to be a Tudor... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We were in San Diego for a convention and decided to explore the Balboa Park which has the Marston Home in its confines. The docent was very knowledgeable, about the home and its owner, a department store magnet at the turn of the 20th century. This arts and crafts home is on the national register and its architect is a... More

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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

If you like to see what other architects did who were influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, here is a chance. Very nice woodwork and great pieces of furniture! We had a great tour guide, and our group was only 4 people! The gardens were also quite nice! Hope more people support it by visiting it.

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