One of California’s finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Marston House was constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. George Marston is noted for many things but most prominently as a civic leader whose interest and work in historic preservation, conservation and history is well known.
The property was designed and built by the internationally renowned architects William Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill. Surrounded by five acres of rolling lawns, manicured formal gardens, and rustic canyon gardens, this 8,500 square-foot home became a house museum in 1987 after the Marston family gifted it to the City of San Diego for the enjoyment of the public.
Spend some time exploring the grounds, formal gardens and canyon pathways in the shade of towering pine, eucalyptus and oak trees. Learn about one of San Diego’s most prominent families and the master architects and landscape designers who worked with the family to create one of the region’s most important estates.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Five Specialty Guided Tours Available
– Marston House
– Marston Gardens
– Historic Seventh Avenue (Souvenir booklet additional)
– Bankers Hill (Souvenir booklet additional)
– Architectural Details of Master Architects Hebbard & Gill
Exhibit – The Marston Legacy: Progress and Preservation
SOHO presents the permanent exhibit about the forward-thinking and lasting contributions of one of the region’s leading families in their handsome former home, the 1905 Marston House Museum in Balboa Park.
Marston’s department store founder, visionary civic leader, and philanthropist George W. Marston set a high bar for the city and his progressive family as he reached for the greater good, helping to create major parks and open space, the public library, and the San Diego YMCA, among other treasured public assets that we take for granted today. After arriving in San Diego by ship in 1870 to offer seven decades of public service, Marston advocated for growth that complemented the region’s rich natural environment. Read more at http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/marstonlegacyexhibit.htm
Visit Marston House Museum and Gardens
3525 Seventh Avenue
San Diego , CA 92103
Open Year Round
Friday-Monday · 10am-5pm
House Tours start every half hour and are 40-45 minutes in length
Please note: The last tour of the day begins at 4pm
3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego, CA