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Address: 3525 7th Ave, Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
Phone Number: +1 619-298-3142
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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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Some Fantastic Wood Work and Furniture

Marston House is great place to learn about the local history of San Diego while seeing some fabulous period furniture and incredible wood, some of which could possibly be 1000... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
GreenUnicorn
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Southern NJ
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Southern NJ
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532 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Marston House is great place to learn about the local history of San Diego while seeing some fabulous period furniture and incredible wood, some of which could possibly be 1000 years old. The docent really made this tour, which was definitely worth the $15 per adult. He wove together the history of the house with the life of Mr. Marston... More 

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Madison, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Built in 1905 for the Marston family of the on the site of beautiful Balboa Park. Marston owned one of the largest department stores in Southern California and donated much of his land for Balboa Park. Constructed in the arts and crafts style, it is lovingly restored and furnished with period furniture. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon afternoon walking around Balboa Park. The docent there was kind enough to give us a tour. It was a step back in time!

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1 Thank Melanie H
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Having lived in San Diego many years, I am almost ashamed to say I had never been here..when friends visiting from Long Beach suggested it...Glad they did..what an incredible house and grounds...but, the history given by a very well informed docent (Lois) made it even more enjoyable..Mr. Marston was a self-made man, not inheriting his money, nor marrying it..He worked... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Having recently revisited Taliesin West in Phoenix, my husband and I jumped at the chance to see a less elaborate arts and crafts house. The Marston House, designed by Irving Gil who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, sits within the boundaries of beautiful Balboa Park and is surrounded by lush gardens and well-established shade trees. Since Gil was not university... More 

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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

Very interesting tour of a 1905 property from a very knowledgeable guide. If old properties interest you, you won't be disappointed.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

You start your visit by parking a block or two away because there is no on-site parking, but it's not hard. You can wander the 5 acre gardens and look at the outside or go to the Carriage House - now Gift Shop - and sign up for a tour. There is a charge for the tour, but we bought... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

about a 100-year old mansion formerly inhabited by department store Marston family; you can visit only with a 45 minute tour, but easy to get to, and full of history

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Woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016

This beautiful house was the home of one of San Diego's premiere philanthropists whose generosity resulted in the preserving of the Presidio, portions of Balboa Park, and preserving the seashore for community access. Not only an incredibly beautiful tour, with furniture by Stickley and pots by Teco, but a great informational tour on the early days of San Diego.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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