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Historic Building Seminar

at Sparks Gallery - Gaslamp Quarter

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Gaslamp Quarter
530 Sixth Ave
Btwn Market St & Island Ave
San Diego, California 92101
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 15 and older
Average Class Size: 15

What you'll learn in this art history class:

Hear the history of the businesses that occupied the space where the gallery stands today, including details about the seedy underbelly of San Diego’s “New Town”. Speakers include local historians from Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) and the gallery building owners. 

The “Sterling Hardware Building” was built in 1924 and designated as a historic building in the early 1980s when the Gaslamp Quarter was created.

Learn About:
  • A vaudeville theater, named “The Standard Theater”, specializing in variety shows and trapeze artists
  • C. Holle Company, maker of specialized glass, which was destroyed by a fire
  • The Sterling Company, seller of second-hand goods and tools
  • Ramona Wolf & Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Ramona” novel
  • Sparks Gallery’s restoration of the historic building and more.

Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be served.

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School: Sparks Gallery

Sparks Gallery

The Sparks Gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, located between Island & Market on Sixth Avenue. Sparks Gallery is an event space and represents contemporary artwork by artists living in San Diego and Southern CA. 


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