Celebrating Old Places: The Backesto Building, San Diego, California, ca. 1970

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Photo by Unknown, 1970.

Partial view of the Backesto Building at 5th and Market. Bank of America, Classy Cats Theater and the Saratoga Hotel are on the ground floor. It was built in 1873, modified in 1887, and was one of the first buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter to be restored during the preservation in the 1970’s. The 39 sleeping rooms, which were on the upper floor, were turned into business offices. Restaurants are on the ground floor.

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