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San Diego, California

For the past several years, Heritage Architecture & Planning has provided various historic architectural services for the San Diego Santa Fe Depot.  As part of the Santa Fe Rail Courtyard project, Heritage designed waiting shelters, planters, guardrails, texture paving, and signage for Van Dyke & Associates Landscape Architect.  The new space created next to the 1926 Santa Fe Depot aids in servicing Amtrak’s scheduled trains including the Coaster and Coast Starliner as well as the light rail San Diego Trolley.  Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design requirements followed the National Park Service’s Preservation Briefs 32:  Making Historic Sites Accessible.

Rehabilitation of the San Diego Santa Fe Depot Baggage Building involved restoring the exterior to its historic 1914 appearance, including window and door repair, cleaning and re-setting brick pavers, replication of missing doors and hardware, replication of copper gutters and downspouts, roof cleaning and repair, and new paint in the historical colors.  Long missing cast-bronze light sconces and pendant globes were custom fabricated to match historic photos.  Work was also performed to remove hazardous materials and seismically retrofit the building.  Currently, the Museum of Contemporary Art occupies the large day-lighted Baggage Building, using it as a venue to display artwork.

View a video about this project: San Diego's Historic Places: Santa Fe Depot