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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marston House Museum

Marston House Museum
Ranked #125 of 424 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.
Palm Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

Excellent example of "Arts and Crafts" architecture. Take the tour for an inside look. The docent was very passionate about the building, and trying to save other historic sites in San Diego. Well worth the admission price. Great way to spend a couple of hours. NW corner of Balboa park.

Visited June 2014
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Alexandria, VA
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“Big old craftsman-styled house. The tour was just okay.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were in the Balboa district of San Diego which harbors many museums and is adjacent to the wonderful San Diego Zoo and the excellent San Diego Museum of Art. After touring the art museum, we had lunch at the Prado restaurant ( very nice setting and good food) and wandered over to the Marston house in time for a tour.

Actually, this house which is large, is not much of a destination in our view. The tour guide was knowledgeable enough but not a good speaker. This craftsman styled house had a lot of furnishings from the period the Martson's lived there. It was not an attractive place but then beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! We were definitely not charmed by the craftsman style. We were told that Marston founded a large retail empire in San Diego. I would personally not recommend coming here if you are on foot and especially if you are walking from the Visitors Center and back. if you do come, ask for the senior rate! There is a nice park with some pleasing architecture on the way from Balboa proper to the Marston house. It is however about a 2-3 mile round trip.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank VAChuck
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Cayucos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful Historical Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

An excellent tour by Bobbie gave us an informative and interesting view of this wonderful home. Well worth the visit. A short walk from the trolley stop on the edge of Balboa Park. Beautiful home, beautiful grounds, and a great guide!

Visited December 2013
3 Thank michele019
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California, USA
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“What a beautiful old house and garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Loved it! The tour (about 45 minutes long) brings it to life. The gardens are lovely to stroll or sit in. Bring a picnic... Very well worth the admissions fee (to the house w/tour; the gardens are free).

Visited December 2013
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“Hard to rate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

This house is billed as 'one of the ten most important Arts and Crafts houses in North America.' There are a few things wrong with that. Nice house, but not typical Arts and Crafts. Not even typical Craftsman, although it’s full of Craftsman style furniture, which the guide insisted was all Stickley. Maybe. It was designed to be a Tudor Revival house in 1908, but they changed architects, and the new one wanted to build a Craftsman house, which was all the rage at the time, but as the shell was completed he had to content himself with removing the fake half timbering and adding a few Craftsman details to the interior.So it's not really an Arts and Crafts house. Good tour, though, and not terribly expensive. You learn a lot about the owners and the history, mostly because there's not much to say about the interior detailing. The tour does not include the exterior, but again, there's not much to say about it, unless the guide wanted to explain what a real Arts and Crafts house would look like and where this one differs. But it was interesting enough. Gift sore has a great variety of Arts and Crafts and Craftsman books.

Visited November 2013
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