Old Spaghetti Factory and a famous architect.

Over the decades, countless diners have enjoyed meals at downtown San Diego’s beloved Old Spaghetti Factory. I remember eating here back in the 1980s!

Did you know the Old Spaghetti Factory’s beautiful brick building was designed by a world-famous architect?

The Buel-Town Building dates from the late 19th century. Its principal designer was internationally renowned architect Irving Gill, considered a pioneer of the modern movement in architecture. It’s one of his earliest projects.

To see a list of Irving Gill’s other works in San Diego and Southern California, visit his Wikipedia page here.

The Buel-Town Building, 1898.

With its arched corner entrance, bay window, and corbelled brick cornice, this building reflects the originality of the architects Hebbard and Gill. Gill, the principal designer, had a preference for natural forms, over the highly ornate European styles common of his era. This is evident in this structure, which was one of his earliest works. After serving tenants such as the Western Metal Company and Buel-Town Chemicals, the building was converted for use as The Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurant in 1974.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Old Spaghetti Factory and a famous architect.”

  1. I was taking my 2 children to the Spaghetti Factory since the 80s. They were young but remember the trolley inside the restaurant. Those two always wanted to eat dinner inside the trolley. Personally I felt like I was onstage. We love that place. I could buy us all dinner for under $20.00. The old days were wonderful! We go there now but I have a few grandkids coming along with us. We’re still enjoying The Old Spaghetti Factory. Thanks for the great article, I can tell them they’re eating in a place where San Diego History began.

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