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Quin Building, 1930

 
 
Quin Building, 1930 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 16, 2012
1. Quin Building, 1930 Marker
Inscription. In 1930, this Spanish Colonial Revival style structure was built in the heart of Chinatown for Thomas A. Quin. The top portion had two apartments, and the bottom floor was a combination storefront and storage space. Seven years after its construction, T.A. Quin passed away in one the of the upstairs apartments. Thomas Quin was the son of Ah Quin, Chinatown's founder and unofficial mayor. The Quin family is known as one of the most important Chinese families in San Diego's history. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego marker series.
 
Location. 32° 42.63′ N, 117° 9.66′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Island Avenue, on the right when traveling south on 4th Avenue. Click for map. The building is located on the northeast corner of intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horton Grand - Kahle Saddlery – 1886 (a few steps from this marker); Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog / Greyfriars Bobby (a few steps from this marker); William Heath Davis House, 1850
Tom Ah Quin Building image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 16, 2012
2. Tom Ah Quin Building
1930
The City of San Diego
Historical Site No. 203
(within shouting distance of this marker); Chinese Laundry, 1923 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacifica Hotel, 1910 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lester Hotel, 1906 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Timkin Building, 1894 (about 400 feet away); Chinese Mission Building, 1927 (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Additional comments.
1. The Quin Family Residence
Located at 433 Third Avenue.

This building was moved here around 1890, from 16th and L Street by four horses and housed Dr. Hing, Chinese physician; Jim Hee, Chinese Japanese merchandise; and a notorious Quinlan brother, T.J., who operated a saloon. The Quin family bought the building in 1930, and still own it. At this time the two garage "wings" were added. The Quins operated a produce business there from 1914 to 1986. Now home to two art galleries:
Cassiius King Gallery and Junks Gallery - Ira Gagon
Source: Asian Pacific Historic District of San Diego Walking Tour - Stop #4
Quin Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 16, 2012
3. Quin Building and Marker
Marker is visible to right of the entrance door.
    — Submitted February 24, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.

 
Categories. Asian Americans
 
Quin Building image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 16, 2012
4. Quin Building
The Horton Grand Hotel on far left. The Quin Building at center. The Casa De Thomas Addition on right.
Quin Residence - Located at 433 Third Street image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 23, 2012
5. Quin Residence - Located at 433 Third Street
Quin Residence Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 23, 2012
6. Quin Residence Entrance
 
 
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