About House of Iran in San Diego

House of Iran is located in the cultural hub of San Diego in Balboa Park, California. Balboa Park hosts 15 million visitors per year from all over the world. House of Iran became a chartered member of the House of Pacific Relations (HPR) in 1992.

  • The land for the Cottage was granted to the House of Iran by the City of San Diego.
  • The architecture and interior design concept was a donation from a group of professional San Diego Iranian-Americans. The House of Iran cottage is a historical building and its approvals was granted by seventeen separate committees.
  • The goal of the project was to build a Cottage in a Persian motif to showcase the rich Persian culture and heritage, in order to share Persian culture with visitors from all nations to Balboa Park.
  • Funding for construction became possible through the generous donations of mainly the Iranian- American community of San Diego.
  • The ground breaking of the cottage took place on July 5, 2000, by the Assistant City Manager.

The grand opening of the Cottage was on October 18, 2003 and the cottage was officiated by a representative from the Mayor's office, District 3 City Council office, Park & Recreation Department and the House of Iran President. The cottage was then donated to the City of San Diego as a gift from the Iranian-American community in appreciation of the opportunities that the Iranian-American community has found and enjoyed in this beautiful city.

The operation of the House of Iran is run through the volunteer work and dedication of the House of Iran Board of Directors and the House of Iran members. The replica of the First Declaration of Human Rights of Cyrus the Great cylinder was laid outside of the Cottage on March 25, 2004 and was unveiled by the Mayor of San Diego.

  • House of Iran is a non-profit organization and its operations are in accordance with Section 501- C-3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • House of Iran is open to the public every Sunday, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. It hosts special events and general meetings.
  • The funding for the daily operation of the House of Iran is provided by the membership fees and sale of food during two major events of December Nights and the Ruz-e-Iran functions.
  • House of Iran is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian organization and its affiliation is only with the House of Pacific Relations (HPR), of Balboa Park.
  • The flag of the House of Iran is cultural flag of three colors of green, white and red, without any emblem and any political resemblance and affiliation.