Here the magic of his notes echoing down the colonnades.
I love going to Balboa Park. The core of the park buildings were constructed for the 1915 California Pacific Exposition in an ersatz Spanish/Beau Arts style. Lively stuff. Ornate. This year the park is celebrating its centennial. Many of the museums are changing the exhibits several times this year to reflect the history of the park.
In the beginning, none of the buildings were permanent. Through the years there were tragedies…several of the historic structures and their contents burned. Other buildings just wore out. The newly replaced colonnades, mirror the décor on all the 1915 buildings. Here in the background is the Botanical Building. The Timkin museum shows us a bit of its modern façade behind one of the newly replaced colonnades. Balboa Park offers us these layers of its history from every vantage point.
This structure is the rebuilt House of Hospitality. In the courtyard is a delightful sculpture by Donal Hord. Grandma and I would often sit here and have a small snack she would bring from home. Today you can buy a cup of coffee or a snack. You can also have lunch dinner on terraces overlooking the canyons below as grandma and I would do when she could afford it. Always I had chicken salad.
If you are ever in my town, stop by and see our 1,200 acre park in the center of our city. We are awfully proud of it.