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Burlingame Historic District

San Diego City, San Diego County, CA

Burlingame is an excellent example of pre-World War I through early post-World War II suburban residential development. It is notable for its eclectic mix of architectural styles including: Craftsman, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Prairie School, Art Deco, and California Ranch. The neighborhood is comprised of more than 170 unique and architecturally interesting homes, some of them constructed by master architects and craftsmen for prominent San Diegans. [1]

The Burlingame Historic District consists of some 40 acres of land, originally developed in 1912. The District boundaries are: Switzer Canyon to the north, the alley between Kalmia and Juniper Streets to the south, 30th Street to the west, and 32nd Street to the east. The tract's design significance is expressed in its curvilinear street plan that follows the area's natural contours, in contrast to the surrounding area's grid development pattern. The original planners, Joseph McFadden and George Buxton, demarcated it with rose-colored sidewalks, the only area in the City of San Diego to have them. Limited access to the tract has maintained a quality of an integrated, yet separate development distinct from the surrounding community.

  1. City of San Diego, City Planning and Community Investment, Historic Resources Section, Burlingame Historic District, The Tract of Character, 2007, www.sandiego.gov, accessed October, 2011.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Street Names
30th Street • 32nd Street • Burlingame Drive • Captain Avenue • Dulzura Avenue • Kalmia Street • Laurel Street • Maple Street • Parno Avenue • San Marcos Avenue