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Home Economy Building
Home Economy Building, c. 1915

Built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition as part of Balboa Park's "Dream City," this wonderful building anchored the northeast corner of the Plaza de Panama for nearly 50 years. It was renamed the Pan-Pacific Building for 1916, the American Legion Building in 1924, and Cafe of the World for the second exposition in 1935. Carleton Winslow, the Home Economy Building's architect, wrote that the west entrance, seen here, was designed after the house of the Counts of Heras in Mexico City. Its tower was modeled after the Palace of Monterey in Salamanca Spain, providing visual balance to a similar tower on the House of Hospitality across the Prado.

This deteriorating "temporary" building was replaced in 1965 by the modern structure that houses the Timken Museum.

Modern structures are out of place on the Prado. Let’s return the Prado to its former glory!

Michael Kelly

The Committee of One Hundred