Painted this morning over breakfast in Little Italy, at a cafe with great food and insanely slow service, I’m talking 20 minutes to get a plain cup of coffee. And the baristas use fake Italian accents. for sale
Little Italy in San Diego is a strange combination of things. There are excellent Italian restaurants and people at least pretending to be Italian. There are gleaming high rises and also tired old buildings like this one, which is abandoned and probably waiting to be turned into a gastropub or craft brewery.
Today’s plein air painting from the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy, San Diego. There was an old lime green cottage next door to a dusky twilight Craftsman (maybe Victorian, I’m not sure)- right across from my booth. A perfect place to paint.
This salon in a great old Craftsman is across from my booth at Mission Federal Art Walk. I’m in 784 on Fir St, between India and Columbia Streets, and I’ll be there until 6 PM Sunday, doing another plein air painting. It should be another beautiful day in San Diego!
Do you love the industrial quality of this circa 1911 building as much as I do?
It’s currently vacant. There are so many great potential uses- restaurants, art studios and galleries, wine bar, boutique hotel. It’s right by the trolley stop too. Pretty great location.
When I was researching this building, wondering what it was, I discovered an evil plot to tear it down and put in a parking lot! What a travesty.
We could easily build the parking structure over top of Star Builders Supply with gigantic stilts, or perhaps incorporate the historic structure into a new construction. I hope it will be saved.
Click here to learn more about Star Builders Supply and the effort to preserve this historic structure.