San Diego - Balboa Park, April 2011
Balboa Park was originally proposed as a 47,000 acre city park by the Mexican government in 1835. It is made up now of more than 1,400 acres and offers fifteen museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations, as well as the San Diego Zoo, making it a place that offers something historical, horticultural, educational and recreational for everyone.
The mother of Balboa Park was Kate Sessions, who pressed the city to hire the Olmstead Brothers to prepare the Master Plan. Renowed for magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival buildings (originally constructed for the 1915–1916 Panama-California Exposition; the first time that this richly decorated, highly ornamental architectural style had ever been used in the United States) it boasts brilliant displays of seasonal flowers, shady groves of trees, and meandering paths through rolling lawns. There are also 150 acres preserved for native flora and fauna.
Apr 24, 2011