Two Point Loma Structures Nominated for Onions

by on July 31, 2018 · 5 comments

in Ocean Beach

In a preview of the annual Orchids & Onions architectural contest for San Diego’s best and worst in recent urban design, Roger Showley, architecture critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune let it be known two local structures have been nominated for onions.

The newly-opened Point Loma Fire Station 22 on Catalina Boulevard was nominated for an Onion; jurors ridiculed the architecture and the bright red garage doors. “It’s a Target” one juror for the contest commented in a recent tour of Orchid nominated projects.

Here’s Showley’s photo – which shows the red doors.

And the Waterpoint condos near Shelter Island Drive was nominated for an architectural Onion — jurors didn’t like the travertine panels on the exterior walls. A juror noted it looks like a “travertine fortress.”

Waterpoint condos on Carleton Street.

This is part of the fun in the annual Orchids & Onions contest, sponsored by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. It’s a San Diego tradition that hearkens back to 1976 whose goals are to educate people on good design, while encouraging private developers to strive for better quality.

The jurors are architects, landscape architects, interior designers, a developer, an artist and a clean-tech executive, according to Showley. They meet soon to decide the winners and losers. And between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, the public can vote online at for the People’s Choice Orchid and Onion.

Everything will be unveiled on Oct. 4 gala at the U.S. Grant Hotel. There, says Showley, “Orchid winners will receive bouquets of orchids and thank their colleagues, funders and loved ones. Onion winners — if they show up — will receive bunches of onions and, if they get in the spirit of the evening, will crack a joke, blame city building inspectors and promise to do better.”



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Jon Carr July 31, 2018 at 3:25 pm

OB Garden Cafe was nominated for an orchid though! That’s pretty cool!


Frank Gormlie August 1, 2018 at 9:26 am

Thanks for the heads up, will do a post on it.


Debbie July 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm
hOBie August 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Actually, there are 3 – – Bella Mar on Rosecrans (RIP Blockbuster) was also nominated for an Onion.


Frank Gormlie August 3, 2018 at 11:43 am

Just realized that hOBie; was taking my cue from Roger Showley’s article at the U-T.


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