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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Beautiful Historic House at the Edge of Balboa Park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2016
Kenneth L
Los Angeles, California
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Karen Ferguson T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank Kenneth L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

1 Thank SmhJes
New York City, New York
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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 

1 Thank Oliver S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank nancy m
Victoria, BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 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 

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