Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - affordable housing; built works - dwellings - housing - temporary housing

Designers: Burkett and Wong, Structural Engineers (firm); F.A.D., Architecture and Planning, Incorporated (firm); Gardner, D.G., Company, Mechanical Engineers (firm); Gillespie - DeLorenzo, ASLA, and Associates, Incorporated, Landscape Architects (firm); Krommenhoek, McKeown and Associates, Architects (firm); Kvaas Construction Company (firm); M.L. Electrical Systems (firm); Williams, Verle, and Associates, Energy Consultants (firm); Robert Kermit Burkett (structural engineer); Susan L. Crook (architect); Nicholas DeLorenzo (landscape architect); Fred A. DeSanto (architect); D. G. Gardner (architect); Gillespie (landscape architect); Ann C. Holmberg (interior designer); James J. Holmberg III (architect); Jana Jenkins (interior designer); Krommenhoek (architect); Kvaas (building contractor); McKeown (architect); Verle Williams (engineer); Wong (structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 1987

3 stories

1501 Imperial Avenue
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101

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Architects F.A.D. Architecture and Planning and Krommenhoek, McKeown and Associates designed this temporary housing facility for the homeless in San Diego, patterning its design on monastic cloisters. Three stories in height the Saint Vincent De Paul / Joan Kroc Center was shaped around a central, enclosed courtyard, designed to provide a peaceful center from the distractions and temptations of the outside world. The building blended elements derived from Mission architecture and some gleaned from Le Corbusier's Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut.

Building History

When the Saint Vincent De Paul / Joan Kroc Center opened on 08/31/1987, the building provided beds for approximately 1,500 homeless people in San Diego, CA. Joan Beverly Mansfield Kroc (born 08/27/1928-d. 10/12/2003), the wife of McDonald's owner Raymond Albert Kroc (born 10/05/1902-d. 01/14/1984), gave generously to various causes in the city. She provided $3.5 million in 1985, out of the total cost of $11.7 million, to enable the shelter and its parking garage to be completed.

PCAD id: 24418