These houses were slated to be demolished after WW2 so over the years, public and private funds were raised to cover the costs to purchase, relocate and restore these historic buildings with their interesting stories. Each home, named after the original family who built the home, has some history written about them on a display board in front.
These houses have been completed on the outside and the gardens are lovely, too. The windows were all covered in paper as the restoration has not been done on the inside but one day they will all be available for Inn’s and Bed and Breakfast, following through with the historical theme.
One house has been fully renovated and now operates as the Coral Tree Tea House, so named after the beautiful coral tree that sits in the center of the street out front. It was busy with a private party while we were there so we didn’t go inside but I took plenty of photos of the coral tree that kept me busy.
The coral tree is a Erythrina x sykesll
, for those who may wish to check it out further, the color was amazing. It was gorgeous and complements the street with the vivid color of flowers on there. Australia
I started to notice more coral trees as we drove around the city after this and saw several; none of them had a lot of leaves but they did vary on that. I am thankful that our timing was great to see those blooms.
Temple Beth Israel is the oldest synagogue in
and was relocated in 1978. We did walk through the temple, which is very simple in design. It is now being operated by the San Diego and they will take bookings for special occasions. County of San Diego
There are other heritage homes outside of
and perhaps the most famous would be the Whaley House Historic Museum which was built and began as a family home in 1857. It has had several changes over the years, adding colorful stories to its history, including being a haunted house. Ghost hunting tours are done once a month and also on Hallowe’en for those who wish to take their chances on seeing a ghost, sure not for me! Heritage Park
Next door to the Whaley House is their museum shop that is a gift store and tourist information center. Tickets to tour the
are available here, they’re both closed on Wednesdays during their winter months. The building shows a great profile of Victorian style on their roofline. Whaley House Museum