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1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL: Early Balboa Park Plans, Early Architect Plans, Museum Of Man Design, St. Frances Chapel

Architects for 1915 Exposition - 1912.
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Architects for 1915 Exposition - 1912.

Airs Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES, hosted by Elsa Sevilla, shares tales from the past, reigniting the love affair with San Diego's special places.

Her 1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL series uses rare, historic black and white photos and film to tell the story of City Park and how the 1915 Exposition was planned.

Find out how City Park was planned and meet the key city leaders who created the urban park for San Diego.

Learn about Balboa Park's architectural and landscaping designs, world-renowned architects, rare historic black and white photos and film that show unique aspects of the fair.

Historical photo of Balboa Park's California Tower before it was completed.
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Historical photo of Balboa Park's California Tower before it was completed.

We'll also show you rare artifacts from the 1915 Exposition and unique behind the scenes tours of the park, museum vaults and historic buildings.

Episode 1: "Early Balboa Park Plans, Early Architect Plans, Museum Of Man Design, St. Frances Chapel" - By 1868 San Diego Civic leaders, like Ephraim Morse and Alonzo Horton, had the vision to set aside thousands of acres for an urban park.

Current view of Balboa Park's California Tower.
Courtesy of Sevilla Productions
Current view of Balboa Park's California Tower.

Some 15 - years later - more plans would inject new life into City Park. City leaders saw the completion of the Panama Canal as a great opportunity for San Diego.

Hosting a World's Fair would be a great celebratory idea and it would be good for the local economy.

Learn how world renowned architects were hired to design the park and buildings for the World's Fair.

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Past episodes of SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES are available for streaming on demand.