Balboa Park in San Diego

Today Dorothy and I, with Phineas in tow of course, visited Balboa Park in San Diego. The park is located in downtown San Diego and was created to house two major expositions, the 1912 Panama California Exposition and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.

I liked the architecture of the buildings, designed in the Spanish Revival style; it’s amazing in its ornateness and detail. They feature covered walkways so you can stroll in the shade as you go from place to place. The shaded walkways offer shelter from the sun which would have been very important in an era without air conditioning, and when much heavier clothing was routinely worn. The grounds, in addition to the architecture, house many gardens and fountains to relax in.

As I walked through the park, I could imagine visitors to the 1915 and 1935 expositions strolling alongside me.