AKA: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, San Diego Station, San Diego, CA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - railroad stations

Designers: Bakewell and Brown, Architects (firm); Gluckman Mayner Architects (firm); John Bakewell Jr. (architect); Arthur Brown Jr. (architect); Richard Gluckman (architect); David Mayner (architect)

Dates: constructed 1914-1915

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1050 Kettner Boulevard
Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101

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Another railroad station, that of the California Southern Railroad Company built in 1887, previously stood on this site. It was demolished in 1915 to make way for the Bakewell and Brown design. Bakewell and Brown, perhaps the most prestigious Beaux-Arts architectural firm of its time, did not design a large number of buildings in Southern CA. San Diego's Union Station and Pasadena's City Hall #2 (1927), were two of their most prominent works here.

Building History

Opening on 03/08/1915, the $300,0000 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) railroad depot welcomed visitors to San Diego's Panama-California Exposition that opened 01/01/1915 and lasted until 01/01/1917.

The southern portion of the depot contained the passenger and ticketing areas, while the northern part housed the baggage building.


The City of San Diego has re-used the southern portion of this Spanish Colonial Revival train station as part of its own light rail system. The northern portion was provided to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, for use as a downtown gallery. The New York architectural firm of Gluckman Mayner Architects supervised the alteration of the former baggage building into gallery space for the museum.

PCAD id: 6776