Photos of a walk through Hillcrest’s Egyptian Quarter.

Architectural details on several of the Egyptian Quarter's buildings include pharaohs, scarabs and other surprising designs.
Architectural details on several of the Egyptian Quarter’s buildings include pharaohs, scarabs and other exotic designs.

Last weekend I took a long looping walk through North Park. Many cool images are coming soon!

To reach North Park from downtown, I walked through a corner of Hillcrest called the Egyptian Quarter. When you take a look at the following photos, you’ll understand the origin of the unusual name.

These several blocks in San Diego were heavily influenced by the Egyptian Revival and Art Nouveau styles, which where very popular back in the 1920s. In recent years, businesses in the area have banded together to re-emphasize this neighborhood’s exotic identity. Walk anywhere near the corner of Park Boulevard and University Avenue, and you’re bound to think you’ve traveled back in time to ancient Egypt!

An ancient pharaoh seems to look over the Egyptian Quarter. One almost expects to see a pyramid nearby!
An ancient pharaoh seems to look over the Egyptian Quarter. One almost expects to see a pyramid nearby!
One of several trashcans on Park Boulevard and University Avenue painted with colorful Egyptian motifs.
One of several trashcans on Park Boulevard and University Avenue painted with colorful Egyptian motifs.
Cool Egyptian-themed street mural recently painted by local graffiti artist Fizix.
Cool Egyptian-themed street mural recently painted by local graffiti artist Fizix.
A stylish stained glass door in San Diego's unique Egyptian Quarter.
A stylish stained glass door in San Diego’s unique Egyptian Quarter.
Unexpected cool sights abound in the Egyptian Quarter, located in Hillcrest at the geographic edge of North Park.
Unexpected cool sights abound in the Egyptian Quarter, located in Hillcrest at the geographic edge of North Park.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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