AKA: Dare's Castle, San Diego, CA; Gay, John H., House, San Diego, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Hebbard, William Sterling, Architect (firm); William Sterling Hebbard Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1890

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Upper 5th Street
San Diego, CA

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The architect William Sterling Hebbard produced this extravagant Richardsonian Romanesque residence for David P. Dare, a Vice-President of the California National Bank. The client directed his architect to use load-bearing masonry for the building, one of the few uses of cut stone for a residence in San Diego's history. Dare sold the house to another financier, John H. Gay, the year after its completion, in 1891.


The stately Dare House was foolishly demolished in 1937 to make room for a medical building that was also torn down. A flimsy looking apartment complex was built on the medical building's site.

PCAD id: 3479