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Property Name San Diego Athletic Club
Reference Number 13000130
State California
County San Diego
Town San Diego
Street Address 1250 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 04/03/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The San Diego Athletic Club is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C at the local level of significance as an excellent example of Late Gothic Revival and Art Deco architecture in the ziggurat form and as the only example of this style in the City of San Diego. The building embodies the distinctive characteristics o fboth styles and has maintained its character defining features and architectural integrity. The Athletic Club was constructed by the business and community leaders in San Diego in the early twentieth century as a social, business, and community club. It proposed to enhance life for all San Diegans through the formation of friendships and business partnerships and the promotion of San Diego's culture and climate. The period of significance is 1928, the year construction was completed. The Club successfully served these functions from 1928 through 1964 as no other institution has, during that period or since. As the architectural design evolved to include elements from both the Late Gothic Revival and Art Deco styles, it represented the majesty of important civic buildings from the previous century and the modern design elements of the new century. Fortunately, alterations to the lower floors made during the conversion o fthe building to office use did not adversely affect the overall architectural significance of the exterior of the building. The property continues to represent 1920s social and civic history and architecture.


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