A simple, fun walk in Point Loma!

Looking at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church from the intersection of Voltaire Street and Chatsworth Boulevard. The traditional New England style Red Brick Church was built in 1954.
Looking at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church from the intersection of Voltaire Street and Chatsworth Boulevard. The traditional New England style Red Brick Church was built in 1954.

First of all, I’d like to welcome new visitors to Cool San Diego Sights! I’m not sure how my website suddenly merited inclusion in Google News, but, what the heck, this amateur photo blogger will take it!

Cool San Diego Sights is mostly about a guy with a little old camera walking around our big city semi-randomly, experiencing the wonder of its neighborhoods, its people, and the world in general. Occasionally I’ll report something that’s newsworthy, but only if I happen to stumble upon it. All this walking and taking photos is really just a hobby and personal pleasure.

On Saturday I enjoyed a long walk that included several areas of Point Loma. After climbing those hidden stairs I blogged about on Saturday, I headed through residential Loma Portal and down into the tiny business district near the intersection of Voltaire Street and Chatsworth Boulevard.

I walked in a short counterclockwise loop, from the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, toward Point Loma High School, down to the Point Loma Library, and back up to the spot where I had begun.

I had no plan other than to take photos of whatever caught my fancy!

I spotted a long mural along the roof of the building at 2168 Chatsworth Boulevard.
I spotted a long mural along the roof of the building at 2168 Chatsworth Boulevard.
Part of the mural titled San Diego from 1769 to 1969, painted by Jorge Imana. (I took many photos of this amazing mural and will post them to my blog shortly.)
Part of the mural titled San Diego from 1769 to 1969, painted by Jorge Imana. (I took many photos of this amazing mural and will post them to my blog shortly.)
An electrical box up the street was painted with all sort of guitars.
An electrical box up the street was painted with all sort of guitars.
More colorful guitar street art on another side of the box.
More colorful guitar street art on another side of the box.
As I walked by European Cake Gallery, I noticed the pastry chef peering out at Point Loma from the rooftop.
As I walked by European Cake Gallery, I noticed the pastry chef peering out at Point Loma from the rooftop.
Some fun but simple artwork on the windows of Coastal Sage Gardening.
Some fun but simple artwork on the windows of Coastal Sage Gardening.
The front entrance of the James Edgar and Jean Jessop Hervey Library in Point Loma.
Dedication plaque near library's front entrance. Dated September 20, 2003.
Dedication plaque near library’s front entrance. Dated September 20, 2003.
Looking back at where I was a moment ago.
Looking back at where I was a moment ago. It’s a gray, overcast day.
The other side of the architecturally interesting Point Loma Library. The glass near the roof resembles waves breaking on the beach.
The other side of the architecturally interesting Point Loma Library. The glass near the roof resembles waves breaking on the beach.
As I walked past the library I saw words written at my feet. It's all good!
As I walked past the library I saw words written at my feet. It’s all good!
Then I saw this rather interesting Padres fan.
Then I saw this rather interesting Padres fan.
A mouse has a secret door near the ground by the door of a Point Loma business.
A mouse has a secret door near the ground by the door of a Point Loma business.
That church looks familiar!
I'm already back at the Red Brick Church. A simple but fun walk in Point Loma!
I’m already back at the Red Brick Church. A simple but fun walk in Point Loma!

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11 thoughts on “A simple, fun walk in Point Loma!”

  1. Now you’re talking! I attended Richard Henry Dana Jr. High School at Chatsworth & Narragansett, and Point Loma High up at the east end of Voltaire. There’s been a lot of water under the fantail, but I think the European Cake Gallery was Point Loma Music back in the 60s. It was a huge store full of vinyl and we would all mob the place after school on Friday to get the top 40 surveys from KCBQ, KDEO, and KGB, as well as KHJ in Los Angeles. That’s also where I bought my Beach Boys and Stones albums. The garden shop was a drugstore where my buddy and I used to buy Popular Hot Rodding magazine. Yup. The only time I ever wanted a car was before I had one…

    In 1958 my grandma bought the only new car I ever knew her to have, a Chevy Bel Air. It boasted the then-unheard of feature of air suspension. Chevrolet’s trade name was LevelAir. It was fabulous in the early going, but when it went, it went big, and it was right in front of that mural. Those are pretty steep parking places, more than they look in the pictures, and the store adjacent was a mom & pop grocery. Grandma pulled in there to shop in about 1960, and when we came back out the car had leveled itself, which meant that when we pulled out, the back was jacked up about twenty degrees, and it took a pricey service call to get it back down. Great times!

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  2. You’re right around the corner from where we live and work. We have so many favorite walks around Point Loma. I hope you continue to explore. I was already missing the library, but now your walk has me imaging it’s doors open again. Congrats on the SEO magic.

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  3. Yes, I also went to Dana in the early 1960s. I remember the music store, where you could buy 45s and albums, as well as a variety of musical instruments and take music lessons. The building with the mural had a barber shop in one of the store-fronts, and was also home to a slot-car track back in the early or mid 1960’s. I remember that the pharmacy on the corner had a fountain where you could get a fountain-style milkshake back in the day, and the popsicles and candy bars cost the same as milk at Dana, so you could “re-direct” your milk money if you were inclined to support local business and wanted a treat on the way home from school. We lived in Loma Portal, so I didn’t go by the Loma Portal shopping area very much after moving on to PLHS in 1964. I think you missed the Mormon church, which is around the corner from “the brick church” on Centraloma.

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      1. Yow, I DO remember the slot car track, but not well. That must have been the last half of the ’60s. I think we were in the same class, PLHS Class of ’66. I did the first semester of sophomore year at Monterey High, then returned to PL for the rest of 10th and 11th. I quit after that rather than be forced to return to Monterey, joined the navy, and only saw the slot car track when I was home on leave and my buddy Chip took me there a couple of times. Remember the grad assembly at Dana, and the wicked surf band that Marty Hess played in?

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