EAST VILLAGE

PROJECT

SAN DIEGO

ARCHIVES OF THE COMMON FOLK

80’S-90’S-2000’S

ABOUT US

A little History

SAN DIEGO 1980’S

This project is dedicated to the people that lived and worked in San Diego’s East Village in the 80’s, 90’s +… It is a collage of anecdotes, experiences and recollections from architects, artists and everyday people. The purpose of this project is to have an online record of an era that deeply touched everyone that had a part in the life and creation of one of San Diego’s Iconic landmarks…

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The ReinCarnation Project

The ReinCarnation Project

Came from: San Diego Year: 1992 Position: Former Carnation Dairy Factory Location: 10th Avenue and J Street Architect: Architistic Endeavor (Wayne Buss) Wayne Buss turned a vintage warehouse into a creative showcase, molding it into the crown jewel of a neglected...

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Wayne Buss

Wayne Buss

Came from: San Diego Year: 1992 Position: Environmentally Sensitive Architect We are currently building Wayne's profile, in the mean time you can check this article from The San Diego Union Tribune:...

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Tenth Avenue Garage/Jacaranda

Tenth Avenue Garage/Jacaranda

Address: 10th Avenue between E & F Streets 843 Tenth Ave. Built in 1933   Click on images for full view. Photos taken by Wayne Buss around Oct 1992 [gallery columns="4"...

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City Moves

City Moves

Housed in the Tenth Avenue Garage/ Jacaranda Established in 1990 as City Moves!, a children's dance program of the San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts, the organization became independent in 1992 when the Foundation closed. It changed its name in 1997 to the...

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Bob Sinclair

Bob Sinclair

We are currently working on Bob Sinclair's profile, in the mean time you can read a great article by the San Diego Downtown News:   Photos by William Keller, click on images for full view:  

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Rosario Hall

Rosario Hall

San Diego's oldest civic meeting place. Constructed by Col. Manuel Ferrer,  in 1870 at the corner of Arctic and Fifth streets downtown (now Kettner Boulevard and F Street) then moved in the early 1900s to 12th Avenue and K Street. Bob Sinclair bought the place in 1999...

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Pannikin Coffeehouse

Pannikin Coffeehouse

675 G Street In 1968 Bob Sinclair opened up a little store on Prospect, which primarily sold cookware and wooden spoons and things like that, the beginnings of gourmet products. He bought a peanut roaster and just as an experiment tried roasting some coffee, he also...

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San Diego Broom Works

San Diego Broom Works

1245 J Street. During the 1920s, many San Diego businesses flourished in the Centre City East area. In 1921, the San Diego Broom Works Building was constructed on J Street... Click on images for full view. Images by Jorge Moreno [gallery columns="4"...

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Jorge Moreno (Founder)

Jorge Moreno (Founder)

East Village Project Creator & admin Came from: Mexico City Year: 1995 Position: Volunteer at Sushi Performance & Visual Art Now: North Park San Diego In the early 90's I used to visit the art galleries in on downtown Broadway street, where I met Scot...

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Katherine Baker

Katherine Baker

Came from: Fort Wayne, IN Year: 1995 Position: Architect I moved to San Diego from Indiana in the summer of 1995, and began working in the East Village at the end of that year. I worked with Architect/Developer Wayne Buss on the renovation of the former Carnation...

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710 13th St

710 13th St

Built in 1925 The Ratner (The Ratner Family)  which established its highly successful men’s clothing company in the building in the 1920’s, manufacturing men’s suits and sport coats. Ratner Clothes operated in the building until 1989. The Art Center

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Eyes of Picasso Murals

Eyes of Picasso Murals

Click on images for full view. Photos taken by Wayne Buss. Almost ten years after our first exodus from the Gaslamp, we artivists, reestablished our selves around the old abandoned Carnation Building led by visionary architect, Wayne Buss who had been a witness and...

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Mario Torero

Mario Torero

After my involvement as one of the pioneering founders of the Chicano Movemenet in San Diego by establishing the Centro Cultural de la Raza and the Chicano Park open air museum, I proposed that it wasn't enough to liberate our barrio but that we needed to apply our...

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Candice López

Candice López

Candice López This neighborhood has been our home and place of work for thirty years. It's been fascinating to watch this community grow as we grew our careers and family. There is an edge, an energy to the East Village that made us stop and take notice. Here we've...

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Rafael López

Rafael López

Rafael López. I'm an artist and illustrator originally from Mexico City. In the late 80's my wife Candice and I moved downtown. We ended up at the Pioneer Warehouse Lofts as I did a series of large paintings in trade for 6 months rent. We connected with the...

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Street Art

Street Art

A collection of street posters, etc. Layers and layers of paper and paint. East Village San Diego. Click on images for larger view.

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Doug Simay

Doug Simay

Doug Simay has been actively involved in San Diego's art world for three decades. He started presenting public art exhibitions in 1982 when, along with Mark Quint, he developed the arts space at San Diego's 9th and G streets (a combination of Quint Gallery and...

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Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall

Tom came to Sushi Gallery out of San Diego’s poetry world, where he had begun in the late 70s to emphasize the performative aspects of poetry readings. He has continued in this emphasis and made his place among poets based on it. He has also always emphasized an...

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The Ball Park

The Ball Park

San Diego's Ball Park (Petco Park), opened in 2004. Located between 7th and 10th Avenues, south of J Street. Constructed by San Diego Ballpark Builders, a partnership with Clark Construction, Nielsen Dillingham and Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc. Photo by Christian...

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Rocco Satoshi

Rocco Satoshi

A native of Yokohama (San Diego’s sister city), Japanese artist Rocco Satoshi has been creating graffiti art in San Diego since the 1980’s. Started exchanges with muralists in San Diego after he produced a wall painting at the Yokohama Exotic Showcase in...

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Street Scene

Street Scene

Street Scene: Beginning in 1984, a San Diego native created Street Scene which consisted of two events the first year; one in May and the other in August. The event was held on historic 5th Avenue, between J & K Streets, for the first few years, with two stages....

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ArtWalk

ArtWalk

Photos by Wayne Buss. Click on images for full view.   ArtWalk '87   ArtWalk '89 [gallery columns="4"...

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Rob Hagey

Rob Hagey

San Diego promoter Rob Hagey started Street Scene in 1984 as a two-stage community event that featured roots acts like Los Lobos, The Neville Brothers, The Blasters, Robert Cray and X. The event doubled as a marketing campaign for downtown San Diego. Although Street...

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Scot McDougall

Scot McDougall

Came from: Florida Year: Started with Sushi's sweet 16 fundraiser Position: All Around Great Guy Now: San Diego's North County So, in 1989 I was living in New Mexico. I was working for Santa Fe artist Frank Howell. He needed some help with his gallery in La Jolla and...

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Gayle Kauihou

Gayle Kauihou

Came from: Hawaii (Oahu) Year: 1995 Position: Volunteer at Sushi Performance & Visual Art Now: Now I still live in Golden, not far from East Village, actually even closer now

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SUSHI Performance & Visual Art

SUSHI Performance & Visual Art

SUSHI Performance & Visual Art was an innovative arts organization and contemporary arts center committed to presenting San Diego with contemporary performance dance and visual art. Focus was on an artistic vision that embodied the rich diversity of our ethnic,...

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Lower Left

Lower Left

Lower Left, Collective-in-residence at Sushi Performance & Visual Art. My Hands Are Dirty: Performed by Margaret Paek, Andrew Wass, Rebecca Bryant, Jane Blount, Colleen Phillips and Karen Schaffman. Director: Nina Martin. April 18-28 2002   Director Nina...

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inSITE

inSITE

Created as a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects among non-profit and public institutions, inSite explored public or contextual art practice in the specific context of the San Diego-Tijuana border region. In 1980, Installation Gallery was...

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Cheryl Lynn Parry

Cheryl Lynn Parry

I feel grateful for the support I received from Vicki Wolf (Sushi Performance and Visual Art Space) and Debra Owen Gallery in the late 1990s. I enjoyed conversations with Scot McDougall who was very present and wonderful in so many ways. I lived in Golden Hill near to...

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Sledgehammer

Sledgehammer

Sledgehammer Theatre. Started in 1985 then-artistic director Kirsten Brandt Co-founders Ethan Feerst and Scott Feldsher Performance Art Theatre, Non Profit Organization. http://www.sledgehammer.org/ From the owner: Over the past 25 years, Sledgehammer_ has emerged as...

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Head On Off

Head On Off

Head On Off Dancetheater Ensemble Performing and teaching at Sushi Performance and Visual Art

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Malashock Dance

Malashock Dance

"In 1988, building on his extensive career in dance and theater, John Malashock founded Malashock Dance in San Diego, California. The Company’s impressive track record includes the performance of 100 original dance works, annual performances, and workshops, and...

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Karen Finley

Karen Finley

Karen Finley / We Keep Our Victims Ready Sushi Performance & Visual Art 1989 Finley and three other solo performers became known as the NEA Four when the National Endowment for the Arts yielded to political pressure and, in an unprecedented reaction, denied grants...

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The Publication

The Publication

The Publication - San Diego's Arts Magazine. A general interest magazine focusing on the arts. Founded by Dorothy Annette and Jim Hammond San Diego East Village Project

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Gary Welsh

Gary Welsh

I was first introduced to the east village through the Susht Performance Space in I believe 1999. A recent transplant from Washington DC, I had been invited to participate on an advisory panel for an upcoming performance series on mental health issues. As an avant...

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Christian Michaels

Christian Michaels

I owned and operated a Flashpoint Pictures photography studio at 311 8th Ave. from 1997 to 2000, where the Park at the Park is now. I lived there too, and it was next door to the historic Candy Factory building. The East Village had a raw, industrial, artsy feel at...

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Flash Point Photography / BlackBox Studios

Flash Point Photography / BlackBox Studios

Interior images of BlackBox Studios, located at what was formerly 311 Eighth Avenue. This building was originally an annex to the Candy Factory building next door. These pictures are circa 1998. Information and Images provided by Christian Michaels. [gallery...

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Monterrey Provision Co.

Monterrey Provision Co.

Founder, Richard "Dick" Herrman, who started operating as a niche distributor in 1972 for delis and independent shops in San Diego, California. He felt that the name Monterrey Provision Company, reflected the appeal and flavor of it's proximity to the Mexican border....

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Western Metal Supply Co

Western Metal Supply Co

Designed in 1909-1910 by Architect Henry Lord Gay, four story brick and heavy timber, 51,400 square feet. Commissioned by Bernard McKenzie. Originally located at Fifth Avenue and K Street. Corner of Seventh Avenue and K Street. Western Metal Supply Company established...

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701 Island

701 Island

Built in 1925 as a warehouse Morris Trepte & Sons Bledsoe Company furniture warehouse: The building was found to be the "Bledsoe Company Warehouse," which was constructed by the firm of M. Trepte and Sons in 1925 in a "Transitional Industrial" architectural style....

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441 Tenth Avenue

441 Tenth Avenue

441 Tenth Avenue housed Fresh Produce Wholesale. Photos by Wayne Buss, click on images for full view.

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Artplex

Artplex

The Artplex building, on the corner of 9th and K. Home of The Very Bess Family greeting card company, art studios of Jim Bess, Cecilia Stanford, Bill Schlinder, and others. 1981-1999

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David Krimmel

David Krimmel

Studio in the church lofts located 10th and E street from 1983 -1987. Exhibit at Sushi gallery and City of San Diego public art project mural around the construction of Horton Plaza.

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