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Keating House
2331 2nd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101-1505
(619) 239-8585
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Old Photo Keating House is an excellent example of the Queen Anne Victorian residences built in San Diego during the boom years of the 1880's. The exterior of the house has ornate shingle wall panels; a porch with turned spindles; a gable dormer with a carved sunburst pattern; decorative gable-end panels; and a hexagonal turret with faceted roof. Inside are four fireplaces and rooms with twelve foot ceilings.

The original owner of the house, George James Keating was one of eighteen children. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1840. At the age of eighteen, he had completed a liberal college education and having a strong desire to enter business for himself he came to the U.S. in 1866 settling in Kansas City.

Mr. Keating was eminently succesful in business. In the short space of 20 years his agricultural implement business became one of the largest in the world. He amassed a fortune of more than two million dollars.

In 1886 he and his wife Fannie, for reasons of health, moved to San Diego where they made substantial investments in the city's booming real estate market. One of these purchases was their residence at 2331 2nd Ave. The property now known as Keating House.

Mr. Keating died unexpectedly in the house on the morning of June 22, 1888. His ghost, a benevolent spirit, is said to still haunt the house. The house remained in the Keating family until the death of Mrs. Keating in 1909.

In 1975, the house underwent extensive restoration and in 1984, Keating House was opened to the public an Inn.
   

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