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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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New York City, New York
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1,028 reviews
488 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 659 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Two Tiffany glass lamps and the burlap wallpaper of the Library are the only original items in the house. The furniture, we are told, is donated but period. However, it all looks like it's been recently purchased at Restoration Hardware or Crate & Barrel. Modern paintings grace the walls. The gardens are only in the name, and maybe in the... More 

Thank Oliver S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

For anyone who enjoys the Art & Crafts architectural style, this house is a must-see. Its elegant simplicity and carefully thought through layout and built-ins are inspirational.

Thank david43501
Riverside, California
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

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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249 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 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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203 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

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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110 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 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
San Diego
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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352 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

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

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