Local Art Walk

OceanLofts

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  • 550 Seagaze Dr in Oceanside CA
  • Created 2007 as live-work lofts on top of 1961 Pacific Bell building
 
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Downtown Post Office

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  • 517 Seagaze Dr in Oceanside CA
  • Created 1936 by WPA, supervising architect Louis A Simon

This building was Oceanside's first permanent post office. Dedicated in January of 1936, it was a WPS project, one of several in Oceanside. Louis Simon aided in the design. A mural of the San Luis Rey valley, painted by Elise Seeds (aso a WPA project) graces the interior. One other WPA project is the wooden Coat of Arms over the doorway, completed by Stuart Holmes in 1936. - from Oceanside Historical Society

 
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Weitzel House

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  • 524 S Coast Hwy in Oceanside CA

Built in 1888, the Weitzel House in Oceanside, California is a registered historic landmark, a beautifully restored Victorian home nestled in an enchanted garden courtyard. The charm and warmth of the Weitzel House are beyond compare and provide a quiet respite from the busy world. - from Hill Street Cafe (2014)

 
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101 Cafe

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The 101 Cafe began its life as a small 20-seat diner in 1928, opened by the Ekegren family. It was just the small dining room where the counters are now. The Cafe was named for the old highway which it fronted Highway 101. The Greyhound bus stopped right in front until the 1940's when a bus station was located downtown. The diner enjoyed the traffic generated by Highway 101, which was the main access from Los Angeles to San Diego until 1953 when Highway 101 was relocated to the present location of Interstate 5. This changed the nature of the business.

During this time a local businessman had the foresight to adapt to the change. Lucky Lackey, the businessman, added the overhang around the building as it now exists. He found a successful restaurateur in John "Bushie" Graham to operate the latest in eateries, a drive-in called "Grahams" and ran it quite successfully until the early 1970's. Graham also ran two other drive-ins in Oceanside, located at Seventh and Hill Streets and Clementine and Mission Avenue. Grahams' reputation as a hot spot for local teenagers spread far and wide. When the new drive-throughs like McDonald's began to rise to prominence, drive-ins no longer prospered. Graham adapted by selling to-go items and changed the format to a coffee shop.  About 10 years later, a new owner changed the name to Randy's Coffee Shop. - from 101 Cafe

 
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Top Gun House

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Constructed in 1887 in the Folk Victorian style, the Graves House is a Queen Anne Cottage, built for Henry Graves as a vacation house.  The house was featured in the 1986 film Top Gun as Charlie's house and has since been known to locals as the “Top Gun Cottage.”

In January 2008, a private developer submitted a proposal to re-develop the oceanfront block on which the Graves House and three other residential properties were located.  As a result of the project, the Graves House will be relocated within the block.

 
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Pier View Coffee Building

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The George P McKay building was completed in 1908. McKay moved from his previous location at the corner of Mission and Cleveland. The first floor of this building housed a general merchandise store carrying a wide variety of items. George and Mary McKay lived upstairs. - from Oceanside Historical Society

 
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Bunker House

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Theodore C Bunker purchased this property in 1885 from J Chauncey Hayes and erected this 2 story brick structure in 1886. Known as the Bunker House, it was a family residence as well as a boarding house. After Mr Bunker's untimely death the family moved to LA. Years later it was renamed the Traveler's Hotel. The building is said to have a colorful history, from the stabbing death of one of its owners to the years of use by prostitutes. It is the oldest remaining brick commercial/residential structure in Oceanside. - from Oceanside Historical Society

Historical Timeline:

  • 1886 - The building was built by Theodore Bunker. The first floor was intended for store usage and the upstairs was planned for a hall. Later that same year, the San Diego Union reported that the $3000 building “will be an ornament to the town,” and it was utilized for a Town meeting hall.
  • 1889 - Mr. Bunker was unable to repay his debt on the property, and it went back to Mrs. Couts, his financier. (Sounds a lot like today!!) During her ownership the property was utilized as a boarding house for railroad workers.
  • 1904 - Mr. Rieke bought the property and added on the back portion of the house. The Riekes became well known builders in Oceanside.
  • 1923 - H.J. Crawford bought the building.
  • 1945 - It was sold in to George Haddox.
  • 1947 - Mr. Haddox sold it to Ralph and Ella Rogers. This lovely couple operated the Rogers Music Co., leasing jukeboxes to local bars throughout the county. They leased the upstairs to boarders. After his retirement from the music business Mr. Rogers named the building the Travelers Hotel.
  • 1970′s - In later years the building fell into disrepair and was associated with prostitution activities in Oceanside.
  • 1977 - The building was abandoned after Rogers passed away.
  • 1983 - Rosaline acquires the building and attempts to establish a restaurant, but challenges with the city led her to drop this idea.
  • 1987-1991 - The City of Oceanside uses the building for offices.
  • 2010 - Apotheque Lifestyle Spa revitalizes the building at 322 N. Cleveland Street bringing new life, positive energy, and wellness to the community of Oceanside.

- from Apotheque

 
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Oceanside Pier Plaza Amphitheatre

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  • 200 The Strand North, south of the pier in Oceanside CA
  • Created in 1937 by the WPA

Amphitheater that holds music events and much more.

Oceanside's current bandshell was built in 1950. The first of four bandshells was built in 1919. A stage for the Miss Southern California Beauty Contests, concerts, beach openings, this current bandshell was used in the 2000 movie "Bring It On".  - from Oceanside Historical Society

 
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Oceanside Museum of Art

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  • 704 Pier View Way Oceanside CA 92054
  • Official Website
  • Admission: $8 general, $5 senior, free for children, students and military
  • Created 1934 by Irving Gill, expansion 2008 by Frederick Fisher

From modest beginnings as a volunteer initiative in 1995, OMA has grown into a dynamic regional institution that contributes to the vibrant cultural life and economic development of Oceanside and the region. OMA presents innovative and exciting individual and group exhibitions of significant local and regional art, as well as exhibitions of national and international interest.

OMA occupies the venerable 1934 former City of Oceanside City Hall designed by pioneering San Diego architect Irving Gill and the Frederick Fisher designed Central Pavilion, which opened in 2008. During its first ten years in the Gill Building, OMA held an average of five exhibitions annually. Since its 2008 expansion, this number has grown to more than twenty exhibitions per year. Additionally, the museum holds an extensive array of programs and events including the popular Art After Dark, Free Family Art Day, 333's Jazz at the Museum, Artists@Work and Masterworks of Body Art. Five rotating galleries with more than 8,000 square feet, collections storage, a workshop and art staging areas, offices, an auditorium, and an outdoor terrace all combine to form the structure of the institution.

 
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