Visitors to the Village of Del Mar can now enjoy a historical walk with the help of a newly installed guided walking tour.
New QR-coded plaques have been installed on several of the historically significant buildings in the area. With a touch to a smartphone or tablet, pedestrians can now scan the code and get detailed information on the buildings and the colorful past of the residents who developed the seaside neighborhood in the early 1900s.
Plaque locations include:
• L’Auberge Del Mar — Originally built in 1910, through the years it was also known as the Stratford Inn and the Hotel Del Mar.
• Stratford Square — Historically known as the Kockritz Building, this was the most prominent building in town during 1927 when it was established.
• Del Mar Library — Formerly the St. James Catholic Church, which celebrated its first Mass in 1914 without pews, lights or an altar.
• Davidson Building — Built in 1927 as the Hotel Del Mar Garage, it later added gasoline and automotive services and grew into a thriving automotive shop.
• St. Peter’s Church — Carefully preserved since its construction in 1940, the church remains Del Mar’s only house of worship and features a beautiful redwood interior.
• Jake’s Del Mar — Formerly the Stratford Inn Garage, established in 1910, it was the first garage to serve hotel guests.
• En Fuego Cantina and Grill — Originally built in 1930, the former space housed the Family Mushet Office and Residence.
• 1414-1418 Camino Del Mar, shops along Camino Del Mar — The buildings date to 1926, and one in particular served as the old Del Mar Post Office, known as the Kibler Building. It housed Mae Kibler, the town’s postmistress, and her husband, who owned a real estate office next door.
• Del Mar Plaza — One of the most historically significant buildings in the area; despite its 1989 origin, it commemorates the neighborhood’s past and evolution over the years.
Future plaques are planned to encourage more visitors to enjoy the preservation and restoration of the historical locations and learn more about the Village of Del Mar’s rich history. In addition, a walking map will be produced to help with a self-guided tour of the Village of Del Mar’s historical points of interest. Visit http://www.delmarmainstreet.com.