San Diego Automotive Museum Facade Painstakingly Restored

San Diego Automotive Museum Facade Painstakingly Restored

From the San Diego Union-Tribube: No longer an eyesore, the facade of the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park has been painstakingly restored following a six-year, $715,000 preservation effort that ties into a broader campaign to rehabilitate the Palisades in keeping with the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.

Tuesday, the Committee of 100, the all-volunteer group behind the restoration effort, is celebrating the building’s return to its roots by presenting four installed, 8-by-18-foot murals to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who will accept them on behalf of the city.

The historic re-creations, which tower over the entrance of what was originally the California State Building, depict a Depression-era march of progress through visual representations of commerce, scenic beauty, agriculture and industry, and represent one of the most striking park improvements in recent memory.

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