Botanical Building’s deconstruction continues!

Out with the old first. Later in with the new!

The iconic 1915 Botanical Building in Balboa Park is in the process of being rebuilt. Three months ago I took a few photographs of some early “deconstruction” activity. Since then more of the lath structure near the ground has been removed, and the building looks increasingly skeletal!

I walked around the Botanical Building’s construction fence today and took these photos. You can contrast them with the photos I took in February here. That older blog post also provides some interesting details concerning this very important, historic project!

You can see how the Lily Pond directly adjacent to the structure has been drained.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Botanical Building’s deconstruction continues!”

  1. I think it’s a waste. My wife and I have traveled to other places where old buildings are not demolition but saved. San Diego Stadium come to mine it would barely 60 years old and they couldn’t Save it?


    1. Perhaps you misunderstand the project. The wood lath, over a century old, has suffered from rot and deterioration. The Botanical Building structure will be rebuilt exactly as it was when it debuted for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.


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