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Downtown's 19th century historic structures were threatened with demolition during San Diego's post World War II boom, but were rescued when public and private funds were raised to purchase several significant buildings and move them to this 7.8-acre park. A few, including San Diego’s first synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, and a modest cottage lacking electricity, water, and other conveniences, are open to the public daily 9am to 5pm. A couple of ornate Victorian homes have been lovingly restored into real beauties. A 15-minute stroll through the park provides a pleasant respite from Old Town's busy shopping district.