Courtyard San Diego Downtown

530 Broadway, San Diego, California 92101 USA
+1 619-446-3000

History of Courtyard San Diego Downtown


One of the most important historic landmarks in San Diego and one of the finest commercial buildings ever constructed in the city. San Diego Trust and Savings Bank was founded by the Sefton family in 1889 and, under their stewardship, served as the city’s most prominent local financial institution until it was sold to First Interstate Bank in 1994. In September 1996, the doors closed after Wells Fargo Bank acquired First Interstate and sold numerous San Diego properties. The Courtyard by Marriott - San Diego Downtown is an outstanding example of commercial historic preservation that has transformed one of San Diego’s premier banking institutions into a vibrant hotel in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.

Billiards Room Seating Area

Architectural Milestone

The building at 530 Broadway represented a milestone in San Diego’s architectural development as not only the tallest building in San Diego, but also the most technologically advanced of its time.

Historical Landmark

In June 1996 the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank was listed on the San Diego Historical Site Board of Register as Historical Landmark #335 and in December of 1999, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior. Guests are welcome to join the guided tours of the hotel given by hotel ambassadors.

Historic San Diego hotel lobby

The Grand Lobby

The Grand Lobby has towering 32-foot-high ceiling with original stenciling. The Marble seen throughout was quarried from all over the world including the US, Greece, Italy, France, Great Britain, and North Africa. The 35 columns around the Lobby were created from 19 different types of marble brought to San Diego from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Safe Deposit Room

The bank’s Safe Deposit room has been preserved as a unique meeting space with vault door weighing 47,000 pounds. A portion of the 14th floor was originally a shooting gallery where tellers (mostly ladies) were encouraged to practice straight shooting in case of a bank robbery.

Presidential Suite Patio

San Diego Skyline

The hotel also boasts one of the most breathtaking views of the beautiful San Diego skyline from the unique Presidential Suite. It was once the office and library of the building’s architect, William Templeton Johnson. With 1,000 square feet, including the sleeping room, balcony, and living space, the room can be utilized as an intimate reception space for weddings and events up to 25 people.

Billiards Room

Billiards Room

The Billiards Room is filled with artwork commissioned from a variety of local SoCal artists as well as historical photos from around the San Diego area.

Lobby Ceiling
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