Derby - Pendleton House

4015 Harney Street, San Diego, CA


Derby Pendleton House

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2006



In 1850, one of the founders of New San Diego William Heath Davis arrived from San Francisco aboard the brig Cybele with a cargo of ten or twelve prefabricated houses which had been shipped "round the horn" from Portland, Maine. One of these, the two-story Derby-Pendleton House, is said to have been erected in Davis's New Town and then moved to 3877 Harney Street in Old Town, where it would stand for the next 111 years. It was purchased by Don Juan Bandini in 1851.

Lt. George Horatio Derby, an engineer in the United States Topographical Corps who surveyed the San Diego River rented this house from 1853-1854, during the construction of the Derby Dike.

Around 1855, George Allen Pendleton purchased the house from Bandini. Pendleton served as county clerk and recorder, using the house as his office and for storage of county records as well as his home. Many of the real estate transactions covering the subdividing and sale of Downtown San Diego were recorded here. Pendleton lived in the house until his death in 1871.

The house was moved three blocks to its present location in 1962 to make way for construction of Interstate 5.

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody