A large portion of our business is historic preservation. Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to work with Shawn Stone of the San Diego Construction Company, to restore the windows and doors in the historic Coronado Ferry Ticket Booth.
From its establishment in 1886, to the opening of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge, the San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company provided the primary link between Coronado and downtown San Diego. In addition to transporting commuters and their cars back and forth, the ferry represented a cheap date night and an easy recreational diversion for many area residents. When the bridge opened, 5 ferryboats ceased operating, with the era officially ending at Midnight, August 2, 1969.
See attached picture of ferryboat San Diego in late 1960’s. Photo by Joe Ditler, Part of the Coronado Public Library archives.
While passenger ferry service resumed in the late 1980’s, by the mid 2010’s, the now-unused ferry ticket booth was showing its age. The existing wood double hung windows, which were earlier replacements with modern glass, were severely deteriorated. Suffering from significant wood decay as a result of moisture and insect damage, it was determined that they were beyond repair.
At Alpine Windowerks, we built new double-hung windows to duplicate the originals, including restoration glass to return them to their original appearance. The new windows share all of the historically significant details as the originals, including ogee sash lugs and traditional putty glazing. Now that San Diego Construction Company’s restoration is complete, the Coronado Ferry Ticket Booth once again stands proudly as a reminder of one of the region’s most treasured bygone institutions.