The Heart of Kensington - Neighborhood Preservation Advocacy
Kensington is a great place to walk, shop and dine... and full of history.

The first subdivision, Kensington Park, was mapped on April 8, 1910 and opened for the sale of lots on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1910. 

The Heart of Kensington  is a group of neighbors who have come together to help preserve and promote our neighborhood's small town look and feel.  We celebrate Kensington's uniqueness by conducting historic home tours and lectures, communicating information about our historical resources, and interacting with preservationists in other historic neighborhoods.

Our next historic home tour will be in 2015, to coincide with the centennial of the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition.


Explore these pages and get a look at some of the great houses in Kensington that have been formally designated as historical resources.  Check out the Walking Tour for the complete list of 55 designated historical resources in our neighborhood.  Find information about the process of historical designation, the Mills Act, and historic districts.


Most of all, walk around Kensington and take in the beauty of the solidly constructed old houses, decorative lamp posts, sidewalk stamps, one hundred year old trees, and attractive business district.  Find out where Kensington Park, Kensington Manor, Kensington Heights and Talmadge Park are.  Learn about your neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and share your appreciation of this wonderful place we call home.

To keep posted on the details for future Landmarked Homes of Kensington tour, visit this website frequently for updates, or send email to

Northwest corner of Adams Avenue and Marlborough Drive, circa 1947.

The Heart of Kensington (HoK) promotes appropriate development on Adams Avenue in the Kensington commercial district by focusing on urban planning and development that conforms to the small-scale, historic, pedestrian friendly guidelines of the Mid-City Communities Plan. HoK represents the concerns of over one thousand Kensington residents to City planners, elected officials and developers to ensure that the existing community character drives the graceful and sensitive renewal of the commercial district.

Behind San Diego is a romance of love, chivalry and struggling pioneers. - Davis Baker Company advertisement, San Diego Union, 21 February 1926

For more information regarding our activities, please send an email to