On Nov. 15, 2016, the San Diego City Council voted to approve a plan to build nine new international cottages in Balboa Park -- tiny houses that will represent member countries of the House of Pacific Relations.
On Nov. 15, 2016, the San Diego City Council voted to approve a plan to build nine new international cottages in Balboa Park.
Member countries in the HPR that will use the new cottages include: Peru; Mexico; Philippines; Panama; Korea; India; Palestine; and Turkey.
Each cottage will be approximately 500-square-feet and will be designed to match, in scale and detail, with the original cottages while being differentiated enough as to not be confused as original structures.
“People from all over the world have made San Diego their home and have brought with them their cultures, traditions and history,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said of the International Cottages at Balboa Park.
“Though our ancestry may mean we bring different perspectives to how we see the world, we share one thing in common: we are all San Diegans. These cottages will give us the opportunity to further showcase our diversity, which is one of our city’s greatest strengths,” Faulconer added.
A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the new cottages takes place Nov. 19, 2016 at Balboa Park. Construction will last about one year.
The cottages are run by volunteers.
The goal is to open the new cottages to the public by the 2017 December Nights event at Balboa Park.
The House of Pacific Relations (HPR), located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, is a consortium of “houses” representing 34 countries.
The HPR promotes multicultural goodwill and understanding through educational and cultural programs.
On Sundays, the HPR hosts a special “Lawn Program” showcasing a member house. Countries take turns leading these free Sunday events, which include music, dance, food, art and traditional clothing from their country.
The cottages are open for at least four hours – between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – every Sunday. Anyone can visit for free.
The House of Pacific Relations Complex was originally built for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition and included 15 small structures.
HPR member countries use these cottages to offer visitors a window to their culture, history and traditions.
Membership in the House of Pacific Relations is greater than the number of cottages available. Nations without a cottage of their own currently meet in the Hall of Nations building on a rotating basis.
The International Cottages are nestled in Balboa Park, near the Hall of Nations located at 2191 West Pan American Road.