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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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Thu - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Fantastic chance to see Craftsman architecture in its original state.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Independence, OR.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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 

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Independence, OR.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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 

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Banning, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 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

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 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 

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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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munich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Hard to find a parking spot, since the staff keeps the courtyard for their use. You might find a spot in the lanes cutting through Balboa Park. Do not expect to visit the house in 30 min, as soon as you arrive. The tours do not take place every 30 min, more likely every hour. I went there twice, in... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is located within balboa park. We visited here as a part of a field trip while i was going to school for interior design. A historical home with period furnishing and details typical of the arts and crafts style. If you are just visiting san diego i may skip this unless you are an avid architecture buff or feel... More 

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is one of the very few American homes of the A&C period that is maintained inside and out as it was when it was built. The furnishings are "of the period" and were used by the "western branch" of the Marston family (yes, there is an eastern branch in New England). They were very successful, wealthy, and creative. The... More 

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Address: Address: 3525 Seventh Ave., Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 619 298 3142
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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