Balboa Park – More Spanish Revival Architecture

From my post a few weeks ago of the door at the Glendale Train Station in the Los Angeles area, I featured an example of Spanish Revival architecture. Continuing on that same vein, I wanted to feature another structure in California that was built in the same tine frame with the same style. In my attached sketches I have include three art prints that feature the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Built for the Panama – California Exposition (1915-1916) in Balboa Park, this style of architecture is prominent throughout the park. I chose to feature the Museum of Man, as it stands out so prominently as a representation of this style.

For those of you not familiar with the history of Balboa Park in San Diego, here’s a link to their main site: Balboa Park. The park features numerous museums, restaurants and the world famous Old Globe Theater and sits right next to the San Diego Zoo. Having raised our family in San Diego, needless to say we visited the park and the zoo numerous times over the years.

So the prints I decided to feature start with the main entrance to The Museum of Man. This sketch shows the ornate architectural detail just above the main entrance.

The next sketch shows the top of the tower connected to the museum…..

And this last sketch  shows the entire tower along with the dome to the Old Globe Theater.



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27 thoughts on “Balboa Park – More Spanish Revival Architecture

      1. Author Ryan Callahan

        Yeah, we will be staying in Anaheim at a VRBO rental home right next to Disneyland. My wife and kids want to do 3 days this time because of the new Star Wars land. I want to hit some of the nice beaches too. We will be there for 11 days. Any suggestions on places to visit?

      2. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        You have to also do Universal Studios, which is on the other end of the city….haven’t been there since they added the Harry Potter stuff, but we live close by and see all the Gothic Architecture of that part of Universal. Not sure how interested the kids would be, but the Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach….I find it fascinating to tour…we use to have a lot of management conferences there for Southern California. Beaches….Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar….Newport Beach….Huntington Beach….all along the coast in Orange County where you will be in Anaheim!!

        This was the time of year when we lived in the Denver area, I would be so ready for rain and no snow in the forecast…I know it doesn’t last, but I remember a year we got more than just a few inches of snow in early May (Arvada)…..Have a great week!! Blessings!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It is so cool Brad and living there all those years we just kind of took it for granted. So many museums….outdoor amphitheater and the Old Globe Theater…restaurants….I used it as back drop for an engagement photo shoot for our oldest and at the time her fiancé. Beautiful setting close to downtown and the bay and of course San Diego Zoo!!

  1. Darlene

    The sketches are amazing, so much detail. I love these buildings and they are so very Spanish. We visited San Diego Zoo when our daughter was little but didn’t even know this place existed. We only had one day there so not a lot of time to explore. Next time.

  2. Teagan R. Geneviene

    What an extraordinary place, Kirt. They chose well in using the word “majestic.” I was mesmerized by so much detail. Then my eyes finally focused on the door. The rest is towering. Wow. It must be awe-inspiring to see in person. Thanks for sharing your art. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Not sure how I missed this….sorry about that! Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by!! All of the buildings in Balboa Park are incredible, but the Museum of Man has always struck my as the most magnificent!!

  3. Annie

    Those are more than sketches… beautiful. I have been to Balboa Park but couldn’t see everything in the park in one day. Loved all we did see.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      There was a big difference between the color and b&w…..color left it just a bit overwhelming with the intricate detail….I appreciate the feedback Denise!!


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