Honoring the Contributions of William Templeton Johnson

| April 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

Mission Hills is a distinctive and unique community with an impressive history, rich with stories of those who contributed immensely to San Diego’s character and personality. Sidewheel ferryboat steamship captain, Henry James Johnston operating frequently between San Francisco and San Diego in the 1860s purchased the first homesite in Mission Hills on Orizaba Street.  By the early 1900s people like George W. Marston, Kate Sessions, and John Spreckels were actively doing their part to give Mission Hills its importance, in terms of architecture, landscaping, park lands and historical significance.

Mission Hills continues to be a community heavily inspired by what makes it attractive and characteristically unique.  From 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 29 Mission Hills Heritage is hosting an exhibition of the home that master architect William Templeton Johnson designed for himself at 4520 Trias Street. 

This renowned architect studied at Columbia University and the Ecole des Beaux-Art with a particular focus on Spanish Revival style. He is responsible for some of the most artistic and attractive buildings in the city of San Diego, including the Serra Museum, La Valencia Hotel, Francis Parker School, the Museum of Natural History, and the San Diego Museum of Art. Balboa Park is home of some of these incredible notable buildings and structures, including the Plaza de Panama. 

The Mission Hills Heritage event is purposefully being limited to only 200 people and will begin with a slide-show presentation by Dr. Gordon Hunt, who lives in a Templeton Johnson home and has researched the architect extensively.  Small groups will then be led into the home with educated docents. 

Tickets may only be purchased at the Mission Heritage website at www.missionhillsheritage.org/inspire_events.

William Templeton Johnson is the architect for this home that is located at 4520 Trias Street in Mission Hills.

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