A view of the Lily Pond in front of Botanical Building.
Balboa Park, located near downtown San Diego, is a historic architetural jewel featuring museums, an arts village, gardens, restaurants, hiking trails, The Old Globe theatre complex and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
By the 1890’s, under the auspices of Kate Sessions, “The Mother of Balboa Park,” the park transformed from a unmanaged space of land into a lush landscape of popular plants including bird of paradise, queen palms and poinsettias.
The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park marked the opening of the Panama Canal and sparked the design of the Park as it appears today. Most of the arts organizations along Balboa Park's famous El Prado pedestrian walkway are housed in Spanish-Renaissance style buildings constructed for the 1915 Exposition.
It introduced the beautiful ornamental architectural style to the United States.
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