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Chinese Mission Building, 1927

 
 
Chinese Mission Building, 1927 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Maja Tajima, February 23, 2012
1. Chinese Mission Building, 1927 Marker
Inscription. This California Mission Revival-style building was designed by Louis Gill, nephew and protege of Irving Gill. The facade of the one-story chapel features a sloping red-tile roof over a central bell tower. The Chinese Mission, located in the building until 1960, served as a social center where Chinese immigrants learned English and received religious instruction. The building was relocated to this site in 1995 from First Avenue between "G" and Market.
 
Erected by Gaslamp Quarter. (Marker Number 86.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego marker series.
 
Location. 32° 42.572′ N, 117° 9.736′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and J Street, on the right when traveling south on 3rd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 3rd Avenue, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quong Building, 1913 (here, next to this marker); Cotheret Building, 1903 (within shouting distance of this marker); Frey Block, 1911 (within shouting distance of this marker); Horton Grand - Kahle Saddlery – 1886
Chinese Mission Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 23, 2012
2. Chinese Mission Building and Marker
Marker is visible to the right of the entrance door.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quin Building, 1930 (about 500 feet away); William Heath Davis House, 1850 (about 500 feet away); Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog / Greyfriars Bobby (about 600 feet away); Chinese Laundry, 1923 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
Regarding Chinese Mission Building, 1927. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Starting in 1885, the first Chinese Mission School served as a social and religious center for Chinese immigrants. The Mission moved several times until 1927. The Mission Revival style building (designed by Louis J. Gill, nephew of famed architect Irving Gill) was dedicated on land donated by George Marston. In the late 1980's the Chinese Historical Society and community pressure, lead by Tom and Dorothy Hom, saved the building; it was moved to Third Avenue and stored on blocks.
Source: Asian Pacific Historic District of San Diego Walking Tour - Stop #1
 
Categories. Asian Americans
 
Chinese Mission Building image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 23, 2012
3. Chinese Mission Building
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Gate image. Click for full size.
By Maja Tajima, February 23, 2012
4. Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Gate
This memorial gate is located between the Chinese Mission Building on the left and the Quong Building on the right. There is an Asian garden behind the gate.
Asian Garden image. Click for full size.
By Maja Tajima, February 23, 2012
5. Asian Garden
This is the Asian garden behind the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Gate.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2012, by Maja Tajima of San Diego, California. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Maja Tajima of San Diego, California.   2, 3. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   4, 5. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Maja Tajima of San Diego, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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