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Address: 3525 Seventh Ave., Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 619 298 3142
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An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample...

An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.

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Interesting docent-led tour

If you’re interested in Arts and Crafts architecture and learning something about the development of San Diego, this is well worth visiting. The 8,500-square-foot house was built... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Victoria, BC

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Riverside, California
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tour of this gorgeous Craftsman style home was one of the highlights of my recent trip to San Diego. It is a true architectural gem and you can walk through the rooms -- they are not cordoned off to foot traffic. It is a real step back in time. I knew nothing about George Marston before the tour; afterward,... More 

Thank literarybuff
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A great place to enjoy learning about the history of one of SD's greatest philanthropist (George Marston) and walk through a beautiful Craftsman home with wonderful gardens and a neat little gift shop.

Thank nancy m
Victoria, BC
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243 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If you’re interested in Arts and Crafts architecture and learning something about the development of San Diego, this is well worth visiting. The 8,500-square-foot house was built in 1905 for prosperous department store owner and civic leader George Marston. Located in the Bankers Hill area, it is part of Balboa Park (from the visitor centre, walk across Cabrillo Bridge to... More 

1 Thank Tripsterchick
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The house itself is nice and it is interesting to see the turn of the century architecture and unique style. The tour guide explained the architectural features of the house and pointed out antique pieces of furniture and art in the house, however the furnishings are not original so it does not feel "lived in." I wish they had told... More 

1 Thank Jason S
Manassas, Virginia
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185 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I was impressed by the Marston House when I visited San Diego 2 years ago so decided to return and enjoy it again. They are currently displaying four rooms of beautiful artifacts from the 1915 Exhibition and the 1935 Exhibition which are well worth seeing-programs, menus, photos, souvenirs and the like., a great collection of memorabilia. Also celebrating 100 years,... More 

3 Thank Karen L
Independence, OR.
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109 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

As a finish carpenter and furniture builder that spends most of his time building Craftsman style homes and furnishings I was in hog heaven when we visited Marston House. What a tremendous gift this was to the city of San Diego. If the names Gustav Stickley and Dirk Van Irp mean anything to you, then you owe it to yourself... More 

2 Thank RUCP
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51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Others have said how great this house museum is, but what's happening right now, May 2015 is really special. There are over 70 original works of art displayed throughout the house, all depicting scenes of Balboa Park. Some of the artists are long dead and were internationally known (Albert Mitchell, Charles Friese) and others are contemporary artists, also well known.... More 

3 Thank Leslie E
Banning, Ca
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345 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Visited here, Garden is nice and house is well maintained and furnished well. First floor seems to be ADA compliant but second floor stairs to other areas may be a problem

Thank Perkadventures
Costa Mesa, California, United States
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444 reviews
279 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Perhaps I’m spoiled. I’ve been to many impressive historical homes owned by artists, statesmen and business moguls (e.g., the Mark Twain home, Hill-Stead, Olana, Molly Brown’s house and some by Frank Lloyd Wright) so I was a little bummed that the Marston House didn’t compare favorably. To give credit where it is due: (1) the grounds are very nice, and... More 

1 Thank Jim L
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136 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

First, let's start with my complaint about our tour guide. When they learned we were from the midwest twice they condescendly made comments or asked if we have an arts and craft scene in our area. Yes, we do and in fact we have homes like this! During the tour they also rushed through and only allowed a small number... More 

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