Thanks for celebrating with us!

Hillcrest Centennial Gala Toast, Thursday, October 4, 2007

Did you attend the centennial gala? Here are two slideshows from the magnificent evening for you to enjoy. The gentleman (at the left in a tie) is Barry Whitson, the great grandson of William Wesley Whitson, who had a dream for our little neighborhood a century ago. Does anyone have more photos from the centennial gala to share? We’re happy to make another slideshow!

Our yearlong centennial events culminated on Thursday, October 4th with a spectaular evening in The Prado’s Grand Ballroom that featured a three-course dinner, wine, a champagne toast to Hillcrest and dancing to Sue Palmer’s Motel Swing Quintet.

Hillcrest Centennial Gala Toast, October 4, 2007 at the Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego




2007 has marked Hillcrest’s first centennial, and celebrations are being held throughout the year. In 1906 this neighborhood was called “University Heights” along with much of San Diego’s uptown area. William Wesley Whitson purchased and subdivided forty acres north of University Avenue to Lewis Street (between First and Sixth avenues) and opened a “Hillcrest” sales office at Fifth & University (see photo above and an original view on the bottom of the volunteer page) on August 2, 1907. Exactly one hundred years later five of Wesley Whitson’s descendants served cake for the community from the same site.

The Hillcrest History Guild’s goal throughout 2007 was to bring together the businesses and residential entities of our community to celebrate the 100th birthday of San Diego’s first urban village. The centennial has given us yearlong events to rally around and an unique opportunity for the Hillcrest History Guild, a 501(c)(3), to reach out and share our history and record the memories of Hillcrest’s diverse population.

Cherry on the top of the cake...the American Planning Association recently designated Hillcrest as one of the top ten Great US Neighborhoods for 2007.

Hillcrest Centennial Shopping
Centennial Tshirt

Six-color logo on the front of black, red, green or blue short-sleeve Ts.


Centennial Mugs
Toast of Hillcrest

Centennial logo on both sides of this dandy little coffee mug.


Centennial Gala
Gala Banquet Tickets

October 4, 2007 A 3-course dinner & dance at the Prado Ballroom.

Thanks for a
magical evening

HHG Memberships
Hillcrest History Guild Memeberships

Join the Hillcrest History Guild during our centennial year.


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