The Landmark Project: CHL# 491


This tablet marks the site of the Exchange Hotel. Here, on June 29,1851, Masons met for the first time in San Diego and organized the lodge which became San Diego Lodge No. 35, F. & A.M., the oldest lodge of Masons in Southern California.

Note from Christine: I couldn’t find the marker mentioned in the guide book.  I understand from research it might not exist.  The building itself no longer exists, either, but these were on the corner where it was supposed to be.

Descriptions of each landmark are from the California Office of Historical Preservation website.

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