AKA: Baltic, Ben, and Scott, Doug, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Hebbard and Gill, Architects (firm); Irving John Gill (architect); William Sterling Hebbard (architect)

Dates: constructed 1902

3733 Robinson Mews
Hillcrest, San Diego, CA 92103

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In 2007, Ben Baltic lived in this diminutive dwelling with his partner, Doug Scott. Baltic wrote to Ann Jarmusch, a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune: "“Irving Gill built that house over a hundred years ago as a model for inexpensive, mass-produced urban housing." He continued, “It's been said that one of the reasons Gill's housing never caught on was because when you bought a home of his you had to buy into his idea of how to live. Gill believed life wasn't about things. ... Not only was Sunnyslope built with no (clothes) closets, but no shelves or elaborate built-ins for knickknacks either....” (See Ann Jarmusch, "Preservation advocates plan a weekend of historic proportions," 05/07/2077,Accessed 01/09/2012.)

National Register of Historic Places (September 24, 1999): 99001180 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 17444