Located at the southern foot of Fifth Avenue at L Street, the Historic Gaslamp Quarter’s Archway is an iconic symbol of the complete revival of Downtown San Diego. Starting from the days of William Heath Davis in 1850 through the groundbreaking movements of San Franciscan Alonzo Horton in 1867, San Diego’s downtown has seen its share of change. Home to gunslingers and gamblers in the late 1800's the neighborhood thrived under the infamous red lights of the Stingaree. Later the district became a bustling port town for young Navy sailors as a popular destination for those looking for racy nightlife and entertainment.
The Gaslamp Quarter eventually fell into the shadows filled with many seedy bars, tattoo parlors and pawn shops. Recognizing the opportunity for a renaissance, influential City of San Diego Council member Tom Hom and other local businessmen made a hearty effort to preserve the aesthetic character and story of the Gaslamp Quarter. Their work to restore the integrity of the district led to the Gaslamp Quarter’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
In 1992, the Gaslamp Quarter Archway was officially completed and dedicated as a declaration that the City of San Diego was committed to the continuing redevelopment of Downtown. Having endured significant dilapidation from weather and constant vibration from road traffic since its original dedication, the Gaslamp Quarter Archway’s rehabilitation in 2013 was made possible by the efforts of the Gaslamp Quarter Association in conjunction with Downtown San Diego Partnership, Clean & Safe Program. The project was managed by Byron Wade, President and CEO of Project Professionals Corporation, and completed by West Coast Signs. The owner of West Coast Signs, Patrick Flahive, is the son of the original builder, Roy Flahive, who also consulted on the rehabilitation. The refurbishment included re-painting, energy efficient electrical upgrades, structural evaluation and replacement of the original incandescent light bulbs to more energy-efficient and durable neon lighting. The cost of the project was approximately $45,000 and paid for by the property and business owners of the Gaslamp Quarter through their annual PBID assessments.
The Gaslamp Quarter Archway has come to represent the best of downtown revitalization and serves as the gateway of this vibrant district, welcoming over eight million conventioneers, Padres fans and visitors to the Gaslamp The Gaslamp Quarter’s magnificent Archway is the crown that illuminates the entrance to one of the premier urban destinations in all of the United States and the priceless jewel of America’s Finest City.
A Re-Dedication Ceremony was held at the base of the Archway on Thursday, February 28, 2013, with the Gaslamp Quarter Archway Celebration to follow at 6:30pm at Dick's Last Resort 345 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Thank to all that attended!
Gaslamp Quarter Archway Re-Dedication Ceremony & Celebration
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Location: Sidewalk at the base of the Gaslamp Quarter Archway, adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (207 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
Schedule of Speakers/Events
Welcome & Introductions
Gaslamp Quarter Association
Hard Rock Hotel
San Diego Downtown Partnership
City of San Diego
City Council President
GQA Board of Directors
Dick's Last Resort
345 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Hosted appetizers, custom Gaslamp Quarter Archway cake by Cute Cakes/Heavenly Cupcake, no host bar and live music by Private Domain Unplugged
Join us that evening at Dick's Last Resort and post your photos of the Gaslamp Quarter Archway, tagging the @GaslampQuarter and the hashtag #GaslampArchway on Twitter, for a chance to win prizes!
6:30pm - 8:30pm