Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

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

Dates: constructed 1904-1905

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1029 4th Avenue
Core District, San Diego, CA 92101

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Architect Irving Gill (1870-1936) produced this theatre for owner Louis J. Wilde (1865–1924) in 1905. Wilde, who came to San Diego in 1903, was a banker, real estate developer and later Mayor of San Diego between 1917-1921; he won a celebrated mayoral race with civic leader and department store owner George Marston (1850-1946). Interestingly, both men were clients of Irving Gill. For Wilde, Gill designed it as a literal homage to his former boss Louis Sullivan's Transportation Building at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. A stunningly simple, yet ornate design, it retained the concatenated blind arch design made famous at the White City. It also retained the three rectilinear bands of Sullivanesque ornamentation drawn from the Sullivan's masterpiece. Gill's San Diego building even copied the squiggle details

The Pickwick Theatre was a small mid-sized theatre, with seating for 825.

Demolished; it lasted only twenty-one years, being razed in San Diego's Downtown real estate boom in 1926.

PCAD id: 19143