The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Winter 1982, Volume 28, Number 1
Edited by Thomas L. Scharf
Back to the article: The Rise and Fall of the Olmsted Plan
The Olmsted plan for the Panama-California Exposition, 1915.
John C. Olmsted arrived in San Diego during December of 1910 and took charge of the general layout and landscaping plan of the Panama-California Exposition.
Frank P. Allen, Jr. was hired as Director of Works for San Diego’s Exposition on January 5, 1911. He demanded, and received, a salary of $20,000 per year.
Ground-breaking for the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, July 19, 1911.
Exposition buildings under construction. [photo is taken from the Administration Building, the building in left background is the Science and Education Building, the excavation is where the California Building will be built, and the Indian Arts Building — now the House of Charm — is across the Prado on the right.]
An artist’s concept of the Goodhue and Allen plan for the exposition.
At the 1915 San Diego Exposition: Congressman William Kettner (second from left) and G. Aubrey Davidson (far right) vice-president of the exposition, 1909-1915.