Friday, September 18, 2009
Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The Casa Del Prado has its origins in the buildings built in Balboa Park for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The walls of the buildings from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition are largely finished in amazingly detailed sculptures and lined with sandstone colonades. It is a unique mix of new world architecture and old world detail in a style referred to as Spanish-Colonial Revival. Ironically, when built, they were intended to be temporary. Since then, much rebuilding, repurposing and repair has managed to keep these buildings with us, now, nearly 100 years later. If you're interested in the history of the Expo buildings, click here.