Captain Henry James Johnston came into San Diego Harbor on a regular basis back in the mid-1800s because he was the captain of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company's S.S. Orizaba. The Orizaba was a wooden side-wheel ferryboat steamship that operated between San Francisco and San Diego beginning in 1865. Every time he came into port, the captain looked up to the barren hills overlooking the harbor. He eventually decided to purchase the land in the hope of building a home there when he retired.
ARCHITECTURE STYLES IN MISSION HILLS
Mission Hills was largely built between the end of the 19th century and 1940. Following are examples of the primary architectural styles prevalent during that period.