California Tower in Balboa Park reopens to the public after seismic retrofit
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Tower stands nearly 200 feet tall and has been a landmark building in Balboa Park for over 100 years.
The tower was built in 1915 for the panama California exposition and is now one of the most recognizable buildings in San Diego.
The tower is now re-open to the public after being closed for a year to complete a seismic retrofit
What that meant was bringing our historic structure up to present day building codes for earthquake preparedness and some of the work specifically included expanding the foundation of the tower sickening the interior concrete walls by up to about 12 inches in some cases and then replacing steel support columns on the exterior three levels of the tower and that’s probably the most noticeable work. The new steel and the way it’s configured now compared to how it used to be in the tower.
The steel columns aren’t the only thing that you’ll notice when you come up into the California Tower. They’ve also switched up their tour to tell some of the stories of San Diego’s diverse communities.
In order to experience those breathtaking views be prepared to climb eight floors and 125 stairs.