Sidewalk cafes and open air restaurants, jazz clubs, late night dancing, resident artists distinctive hotels and micro breweries all contribute to the festive spirit of the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter District.
Shops and galleries of every variety are scattered throughout the 16 square block district.
Plan to spend the day, or spend the night......but plan to come back often!
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The Gaslamp Quarter is a neighborhood of downtown San Diego,
California. The area is named for the gas lamps that lined the streets. Four new
gaslamps, one on each corner at the intersection of Market Street and 5th
Avenue, represent these older lamps. The historic district includes 94 historic
buildings in the 16 and one-half block area. Many buildings are Victorian
Era-themed, and are still in use with active tenants including 100 places to
eat, 100 shops and 35 nightclubs. The Quarter is home to many popular events
including Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK (St.
Patrick's Day). PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres is located one block
away in downtown San Diego's East Village.
Early 1900s: Originally named Stingaree, Gaslamp Quarter was once the redlight district of San Diego, in part because the town was a busy military port.
1912: The Stingaree Raid. 138 prostitutes were arrested, sparking the decline of the area as a redlight district.
1950s-1970s: The area sees a high concentration of pornographic theatres, bookshops and massage parlors.
1970: The start of the public interest in preserving buildings downtown, especially in Gaslamp Quarter.
1976: The city adopted the Gaslamp Quarter Urban Design and Development Manual, aimed at preserving buildings in the area, and the redevelopment of Gaslamp Quarter as a national historic district.
1982: Gaslamp Quarter became the major focus of the redevelopments in downtown by the city of San Diego, resulting in the current atmosphere and aesthetic of the area today.