AKA: Panama-California International Exposition, Administration Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA; San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - exposition buildings

Designers: Goodhue and Winslow, Architects (firm); Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (architect); Harold Kenneth Vaughn (architect); Carleton Monroe Winslow Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911-1912

2 stories

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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Building History

New York architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's assistant, Carleton Monroe Winslow, Sr., (1876-1946), and another San Diego draftsman, Harry K. Vaughn (1882-1962), drew up the designs for the Administration Building in 09-10/1911, utilizing the office facilities of San Diego architect, Frank P. Allen, Jr. (See "History of the Administration Building in Balboa Park," Richard Amero, Journal of the San Diego History,Accessed 02/12/2007.) The building's construction began in 11/1911 and was finished by 03/1912.

Building Notes

The Administration Building later housed the San Diego Museum of Man, an anthropological organization that traced its ancestry to the group, "the San Diego Museum Association," formed by George W. Marston (1850-1946) owner of the local Marston Company department store and a pivotal cultural leader. Marston was patron of the arts and public parks, a political person who worked behind the scenes and generally shunned the spotlight. He commissioned the architects Irving Gill (1870-1936) and William Hebbard (1863-1930) to design his residence at 3525 7th Avenue in the city's architecturally important Hillcrest District.


The Administration Building was renovated by the San Diego architects, Soltek of San Diego, between 11/1988-02/1990.

PCAD id: 7950