The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is the "curator" of the Gaslamp Quarter--a 16 block district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Through its operation of the William Heath Davis House Museum and Park, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has promoted the educational, historical, and cultural development of the historic Gaslamp Quarter for over 25 years.
The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation grew out of a community effort established in the mid 1970s when the value of historic preservation was gaining widespread acceptance and support. Local preservationists, urban planners, business owners, and residents were able to see past the then deteriorated condition of the area, now known as the Gaslamp Quarter. These early pioneers saw that the city's structural and architectural heritage provided a vital connection with San Diego's past.
The Gaslamp Quarter was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This organization was created in 1981 as the Gaslamp Quarter Foundation. In 1996, the organization changed its name to the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation to help promote our role in preserving the historical integrity of the district. As the historic and cultural contributions of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation became more widely recognized, the name change more clearly reflected our mission--to promote the educational, historical, and cultural aspects of the Gaslamp Quarter. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has successfully completed projects and established programs that have educated the people of San Diego and visitors to the city about the spirit and heritage of this culturally significant district.
Mission: Our mission is to promote the historical, cultural, educational, and architechtural significance of the Gaslamp Quarter to San Diego and the world.
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