Earlier era
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San Diego

Botanical Building in Balboa Park is reflected in the nearby lily pond. The wood lath structure is home to more than 2,000 tropical plants. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Free wine and hors d’oeuvres are served during happy hour at the Queen Anne-style Britt Scripps Inn, a 1887 bed-and-breakfast in San Diego’s historic Bankers Hill area near Balboa Park. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
The Marston House is a mansion built for department store magnate George Marston. Designed in the Tudor style by the early Southern California Modernist architect Irving Gill, the house was completed (per Gill’s desire) in the Arts and Crafts style then gaining a foothold in America. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
The Britt Scripps Inn is a block west of Balboa Park, in a downtown neighborhood called Bankers Hill, where prominent San Diegans built grand homes at the turn of the last century. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)