Description One of the fountains at historic Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden in San Diego California. Painting by RD Riccoboni. The beautiful courtyard is a favorite spot for quiet moments, meditations and small weddings. The lavish garden with its decorative tile fountains and benches and ever changing floral plantings holds a special place in the hearts of many. Designed by San Diego architect Richard Requa in 1935 the garden is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain, lies adjacent to the Art Institute and Mingei Museum.