Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1882

3 stories

631 5th Avenue
Gas Lamp District, San Diego, CA 92101

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The Yuma Building was erected as one of the first brick-supported buildings in San Diego’s early central business district. Its original owner, Alfred Henry Wilcox, arrived in the city in 1848. A year later, he became the commander of a 120-ton schooner, the US Army, Department of the Pacific's, transport ship, the Invincible. In 1850, Wilcox led a relief expedition bound from San Francisco to deliver food to starving soldiers at Fort Yuma in Arizona. The Invincible attempted to sail up the Colorado River to the fort, but found the river to be too shallow to be navigated. Supplies were off-loaded and taken by wagons to the fort. Later, Wilcox settled in San Diego, becoming a navigation company owner, landowner and banker, who commissioned the building's construction in 1882.

Building Notes

In 2011, the Yuma Building was listed for sale for $5,495 million. (See Welcome to San, "The Historic Yuma Building," published 10/27/2011, accessed 01/12/2021.)

PCAD id: 23828