San Diego’s enduring spirit: the Davis-Horton House whispers of the past

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The title of “oldest building” in San Diego goes to the Davis-Horton House, a testament to the city’s early development. Built in 1850, this saltbox structure stands proudly in the Gaslamp Quarter, a historic district known for its Victorian-era architecture. Originally constructed from wood shipped from Maine, the Davis-Horton House stands out in a city where a lack of trees limited traditional building materials.

Today, it’s the heart of the Gaslamp Museum. Visitors can learn about the lives of San Diego’s early residents and the history of San Diego’s transformation from a small frontier town to an iconically vibrant metropolis.

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