I just returned from a business trip to San Diego where I spent a little bit of time walking around and seeing the sites.  The Santa Fe Depot ended up only being about 5 blocks from the hotel I was staying at.  The building sits back about a block or so from the waterway where you can visit a maritime museum as well as take a tour of the US aircraft carrier "Midway".

 

 

From the outside, the Santa Fe Depot building is downright incredible, it seems just like it would fit into any southwestern desert motif layout, except it's sitting pretty much right in the middle of a city.  Outside there is a really nice fountain (seems like a recent addition) and the bell towers are really incredible to look at.

 

 

 

From the inside, the building still has fantastic features such as the older style wooden benches and incredible archways for each doorway.  The ceiling must be 30-40 feet high and there are really neat chandelier lights hanging to provide light should you find yourself visiting in the night time.  The walls still have ceramic tiles on them with the classic Santa Fe designs, overall entering the building really feels like taking a step back in time.

 

 

Outside the building there were a couple Amtrak trains (The Surfliner and the Coaster) as well as the San Diego "Trolley" lite-rail passed through many times while I was walking around.

 

 

 

Overall it was a fantastic place to spend an hour or so, poking around and taking pictures.  I regret the quality of the pictures isn't fantastic, they are a mix of iPhone and point-and-shoot pictures.  This post will be the first of three posts, the second will be of a visit to "Frank the Trainman", and the third will be of a visit to the "San Diego Model Railroad Museum".

 

Additional pictures can be found at the following link:

  https://www.flickr.com/photos/...s/72157648001756126/

  

All the best...Rich Murnane

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It is a beautiful depot. Thanks for posting, Rich.

 

Here's some information culled from Wikipedia regarding the architecture:

 

The magnificent complex was designed by San Francisco architects Bakewell and Brown as a "monumental reminder" of California's Spanish heritage. The Mission Revival styling reflects the colonial Spanish history of the state, and was intended to harmonize with the Spanish Colonial Revival Style buildings of the Panama-California Exposition.The size and grandeur far surpassed anything the Santa Fe had ever built in the West. The new edifice featured a covered concourse some 650-foot (200 m) long by 106-foot (32 m) wide, with a main waiting room measuring 170-foot (52 m) by 55-foot (17 m). A 27-foot (8.2 m) by 650-foot (200 m) long arcade connected the passenger terminal with the baggage and express rooms.The cost of the station was approximately $300,000.An enlarged bus depot was installed in the southeast portico in 1942.

The massive arch of the front entrance is flanked by twin campaniles, each topped by a colorful tile-covered dome and displaying Santa Fe's blue "cross" emblem on all four sides. The structure draws much more heavily from the architecturally distinctive Spanish, Moorish, and Mexican lines exhibited by the Mission San Luís Rey de Francia (located in the town of Oceanside in north San Diego County) than it does from the nearby Mission San Diego de Alcalá, some nine miles (14 km) away. The grand interior space of the depot features natural redwood beam ceilings, highlighted by walls covered with a brightly colored ceramic tile wainscot. The glazed faience tile used in the wainscot was manufactured by the California China Products Company of nearby National City. Elaborate Hispano-Moorish designs are executed in green, yellow, blue, white, and black and the bottom and top edges are finished with a frieze of stylized ziggurats.

 

 

 

Jon

Photos look good to me!  Missed that in my one trip to San Diego.  Old post cards with

street cars then and photos of light rail now makes it like a station in Europe, easily accessed and departed from, but rare just about anywhere in the heartland here.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

This is timely!!!! In JAN I will take another cross country rail trip. This time I will not stop just in Fullerton CA....but will take a side trip to San Diego. I will look forward to your posts.....I thought I'd try and go to Frank's....let us know if it's worth it! Also how did you get around once in town. I will be there about 8 hours buthave not been in San Diego since 1966 so it will be like I've never been. Thanks

A visit to Franks is most definitely a must-do!
 
I walked to the Santa Fe Depot from my hotel yesterday morning.
As for Frank's, I took a cab up that way (~$20 from the marina area) and after leaving I walked down past the zoo for a visit to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.  I'll post an entry about the San Diego Model Railroad Museum tonight or tomorrow (need to step away from the computer for a bit).
 
Best...Rich
 
Originally Posted by AMCDave:

This is timely!!!! In JAN I will take another cross country rail trip. This time I will not stop just in Fullerton CA....but will take a side trip to San Diego. I will look forward to your posts.....I thought I'd try and go to Frank's....let us know if it's worth it! Also how did you get around once in town. I will be there about 8 hours buthave not been in San Diego since 1966 so it will be like I've never been. Thanks

 

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