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William Heath Davis Historic House Museum

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The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) is the "curator" of the Gaslamp Quarter - a 16 1/2 block district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Through its operation of the William Heath Davis House Museum and Park, the GQHF promotes the educational, historical and cultural development of the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The William Heath Davis House is significant for an amazing number of reasons, including the fascinating life of its original owner, William Heath Davis, the man who first tried to develop modern San Diego, and the fact that it is the only known structure left standing that was home to Alonzo Horton, the man generally credited with being the San Diego's founder. Also, the facts that its original use was a pre-civil war soldiers officers quarters, that it was operated as San Diego's county hospital, that it is the oldest wooden structure standing in San Diego and the fact that it was lived in until 1981 but was never modified or electrified, all add to importance of the building and its significance to history. There is even an unverified story of a German Spy who lived in the attic during World War I! Nowhere else in San Diego can you find a structure that has such history over such a long time span.

410 Island Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Gaslamp Guided Walking Tour - Saturdays, 11:00 AM

General Admission - $5.00
Seniors - $4.00

Walking Tour
General Admission - $10.00
Seniors, students and military - $8.00

For more information, please visit: or call: (619) 237-1492
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