The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Fall 1971, Volume 17, Number 4
James E Moss, Editor
Page 20. FINE ARTS GALLERY OF SAN DIEGO. Heraldic devices and coats-of-arms of Spain, America, California and San Diego surmount the main portico of the Fine Arts Gallery. The elaborate entrance was inspired by a prototype of the Old World, The University of Salamanca. In niches and on medallions around the door the Baroque Spanish painters, Murillo, Ribera, Velazques, Zurbaran and El Greco, coexist in harmony with the Italian Renaissance sculptors, Donatello and Michelangelo, represented by replicas of St. George and David respectively.
Page 22. Francis W. Parker School Audiorium 1919-1920
Page 23. FINE ARTS GALLERY OF SAN DIEGO. An Italian Renaissance edifice with a richly embellished entrance decorated in a Plataresque style conjuring up visions of the Spanish Colonial era.
Page 24. MAIN FACADE OF THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Shown at left is a detail of one of two columns flanking the main entrance. Above the modified Corinthian capital the head of an American bison balances a finial in the form of a cat.
Page 25. LA JOLLA LIBRARY A small portico with refined pillars and pilasters capped by modified Corinthian inspired capitals form the principal facade decoration. The Athenaeum is the extreme termination of the right wing, while filigree of metal, bracket lights and graceful stair railing create a subtle and refined appeal in the left wing.
Page 26. SAMUEL I. FOX BUILDING LION CLOTHING COMPANY
Page 27. SAN DIEGO TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK. The arched doorway conveys a sense of the impenetrable palace fortress of the Florentine Renaissance. The upper floors are a pattern of windows linked by engaged columns. The arch frieze picks up the Romanesque arch which is the central motif of the decoration scheme. The building is surmounted by a lantern containing arched openings on all sides. It is a structure formally designed, massive in feeling. Johnson maintained his office here.