A huge soap factory in downtown San Diego?
Back in 1921, the Citrus/Pacific Soap Factory building was erected in San Diego’s small but growing downtown. Locally produced lemon juice would be a major ingredient in the manufacture of soap!
The architect responsible for this stately factory made of brick was William Wheeler. He also designed downtown’s Balboa Theater and other notable structures around the city.
You can see a cool historical photo of the old Citrus Soap Company of California factory standing near railroad tracks here.
According to this 1988 SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organisation) newsletter, the site at 301 West Market Street gained historical designation partly based on its association with three different soap companies dating back to 1892. Apparently, the factory also helped San Diego through a national soap crisis!
Today, the old factory building has been repurposed. It’s a unique part of the CityFront Terrace Condos.
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