William Sterling Hebbard

Architect William Sterling Hebbard (1863-1930) is best known in San Diego for his collaboration with Irving J. Gill, which included the Marston House, the State Normal School (predecessor of SDSU), and the restoration of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá. However, Hebbard’s earliest work in San Diego was for the San Diego Cable Railway. After... Continue Reading →

Egyptian Revival and the SDERy

As a Senior Archaeologist/Historian with PanGIS, Inc., a San Diego-based environmental consulting firm, many of the projects I consult on involve the evaluation of historic resources. The evaluation process includes research of the structure (building permits, architectural components) as well as its surroundings (historic maps, neighborhood histories). We then assess whether the resource meets criteria for... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Lecture and Book Signing

I’ve just scheduled a presentation and book signing at the Santee Historical Society for early next year. I’ll be speaking about the history of San Diego’s streetcars from the 1880s to the 1940s. The presentation will include many historic photos, including some from my book but many others as well. This *free* event will take... Continue Reading →

SDERy Car 150 – “El Carrito”

The San Diego Electric Railway (SDERy), in service from 1891 to 1949, was responsible for the growth of several San Diego neighborhoods including North Park and Normal Heights and delivered many of the 3.7 million visitors to the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, San Diego’s World’s Fair in Balboa Park. When the system was shut down in... Continue Reading →

5th Avenue Streetcar History – Part 2

The San Diego Streetcar Company was purchased by John D. Spreckels in January 1892 and incorporated into his newly-formed San Diego Electric Railway (SDERy). Track was re-laid to a common gauge and service began September 21, 1892. The Fifth Avenue line was one of the first to be electrified. The entire 16-mile system was converted... Continue Reading →

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