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Diegan Hotel


The Diegan Hotel on Fifth Avenue, near Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, features a glass-and-steel facade with a mesh "blade" slicing down the center. As part of the project, the facade of the historic Jessop's building is preserved and integrated into the project. The Diegan’s mix of old and new is becoming a common theme in downtown San Diego, with several developments incorporating historic buildings into modern high-rises.

The 22-story Diegan Hotel consists of 13 floors of hotel guest rooms and suites, four floors of 1-story hotel condominiums, one floor of 2-story hotel penthouses, one floor of mechanical penthouse with three lower floors of public spaces and back of house services plus a full basement.

Meshing high technology with cost-effective resources the Diegan will demonstrate true energy efficiency. An innovative solar photo-voltaic collector crowning the high-rise will provide a clean energy source. “Smart” glazing, recycled fly ash in the concrete structure, heat-reflecting rain screen cladding, horizontal sun louvers, and thermally cool roofs all contribute to overall energy conservation. The hotel will feature nightclubs, an upscale restaurant and the adjacent House of Blues, which opened in May 2005.


  • Type I, Sprinklered High-Rise
  • Creative adaptive reuse of an historical building
  • 22-story condo-hotel
  • 134 guest rooms
  • 39 Guest Suites & Hotel Condominiums
  • Challenging and tight urban setting
  • Aggressive demolition, construction and renovation schedule

Highland Partnership, Inc. • 285 Bay Blvd. • Chula Vista, CA • 91910 • 619.498.2900