photo by Zemina Zaferakis
The Del Mar Civic Center recently won a 2018 Orchid for Architecture from the San Diego Architectural Foundation. The $19.1 million municipal complex is designed to protect public views and maximize public access for gatherings, the Saturday farmers market, and enjoyment of the plaza and viewing decks. “The jury was impressed by the beautiful detailing and the masterful execution of the new Del Mar Civic Center and City Hall, as well as its ability to express the culture and physical attributes of Del Mar,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria during the awards ceremony. The Civic Center was one of 118 nominees and one of 16 to receive an Orchid for its outstanding architecture.

For 42 years, the Orchids & Onions program has celebrated or scorned the buildings, parks, plazas, and other developed spaces that make up the region’s built environment. Learn more at