Save Our Heritage Organisation

Save Our Heritage Organisation Through education, advocacy, & stewardship SOHO's mission is to preserve, promote & support preservation of the architectural, cultural & historical links & landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth & character of our region
2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 Phones: (619) 297-9327; (619) 297-7511 Fax: (619) 291-3576 email: [email protected] www.SOHOsandiego.org SOHO operates and oversees several historic properties, our primary offices reside at the Whaley House Museum complex in Old Town. * The Whaley House Museum * The Adobe Chapel * The George and Anna Marston House Museum * The offices of SOHO are in the Derby-Pendleton House, built in 1850 *Warner -Carillo Ranch House in Warner Springs *Santa Ysabel General Store * SOHO Museum Shops are located in the 1872 Verna House in Old Town and the 1905 Marston House carriage house in Balboa Park, the Warner -Carillo Ranch House in Warner Springs and the Santa Ysabel General Store and Back Country Visitor Center.
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Building upon the 2016 LGBT Historic Context Statement, the City Planning Department is partnering with the community to...
06/09/2020
Home | Plan Hillcrest

Building upon the 2016 LGBT Historic Context Statement, the City Planning Department is partnering with the community to develop a multi-faceted historic preservation strategy and current cultural heritage for Hillcrest.

Learn more here www.PlanHillcrest.org and provide comments HERE: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/923eff9678c346be81d3c8b6d6dd641b

This effort marks the first such comprehensive Historic Preservation Planning effort to recognize and protect LGBTQ+ resources in San Diego, and may well be the first such effort in the entire state of California!

#SOHOSD #HistoricPreservation #HillcrestLGBTQHistory #PlanHillcrest

Restoration and Preservation professionals, we know that your businesses have likely been affected by the COVID pandemic...
06/07/2020

Restoration and Preservation professionals, we know that your businesses have likely been affected by the COVID pandemic. That’s why we want to remind you about our FREE listing service for your business and services.

Just submit your business listing to be included FREE
HERE:
http://www.sohosandiego.org/resources/resourcedirectoryform.htm

We offer a wide range of categories in which to list your services absolutely free.

HERE:
http://www.sohosandiego.org/resources/resourcedirectory.htm

Good news to share! "The work will include the recreation of four elaborate murals that once graced the entrance to what...
06/06/2020
Auto Museum in Balboa Park Begins Long-Awaited $500,000 Historic Restoration - Times of San Diego

Good news to share!

"The work will include the recreation of four elaborate murals that once graced the entrance to what was originally the California State Building, built for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition."

Read the whole article at the image link.

A historically accurate restoration of the Automotive Museum building in Balboa Park has kicked off while the venue is closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Diego Free Public Library (Carnegie Library) Pictured here in 1910, is Lillian Whaley, who worked as a librarian...
06/06/2020

The San Diego Free Public Library (Carnegie Library)
Pictured here in 1910, is Lillian Whaley, who worked as a librarian for 35 years beginning in 1897.

San Diego had the first Carnegie library in California. It opened in 1902 at Eighth and E Streets. It was demolished in 1952 to make way for a new Central Library.

Courtesy SOHO Collection.

#whaleyhouse #museumfromhome

Lillian Whaley, pictured here at the San Diego Free Public Library (Carnegie Library) in 1910. She worked as a librarian for 35 years beginning in 1897.

Whaley House Collection.

#whaleyhouse #museumfromhome

In just about a week the Jacaranda's at our Marston House Museum will start to leaf out! Image taken from the 2nd floor,...
06/05/2020

In just about a week the Jacaranda's at our Marston House Museum will start to leaf out!

Image taken from the 2nd floor, the Marston formal gardens, carriage house, and teahouse are seen with the large Jacaranda filing in the background beautifully, and historic Seventh Avenue is not to be outdone either!

Photos by Marston House caretaker Robert V.

In just about a week the Jacaranda's here will start to leaf out! Marston formal gardens and teahouse and beautiful historic Seventh Avenue abloom!

Photos by Robert V.

Preservation & InclusionToday’s preservation movement recognizes the need for a more complete, inclusive representation ...
06/05/2020
Preservation & Inclusion | #PreservationForum

Preservation & Inclusion
Today’s preservation movement recognizes the need for a more complete, inclusive representation of communities across the nation, which are increasingly socio-economically, racially, ethnically, culturally, and generationally diverse. Preservation efforts must prioritize inclusion in order to tell an accurate and comprehensive story—and to remain relevant. This work of examining and changing preservation practice, from storytelling to community engagement, will lead to a more inclusive preservation program.

The NTHP's Preservation Leadership Forum has great content on how we can play a critical role in acknowledging and healing the divisions in our nation as preservationists.

Resources include:
• Blog Series: When Does Preservation Become Social Justice?
• Forum Journal: Preserving Difficult Histories
• Forum Journal: Building a More Inclusive Preservation Program
• Story: Serving Versus Observing Communities as Part of Preservation Practice
Online Conversations:
• "Systemic Racism of Preservation"
• Preservation, Social Justice, and Inclusionhttps://forum.savingplaces.org/learn/issues/inclusion?utm_medium=email&utm_source=update&utm_campaign=bulletin&fbclid=IwAR0rAi4C90qADIFG_0URwqQRHQcOvinCN_BJkGh6xcvDHNjgI1EbtaHg9I0

Preservation efforts must prioritize inclusion in order to tell an accurate and comprehensive story—and to remain relevant.

This home was on our SOHO tour and is now for sale! Built 1910, the Otis House, historically designated Site No.173
06/04/2020
The Otis House

This home was on our SOHO tour and is now for sale!
Built 1910, the Otis House, historically designated Site No.173

Watch the 3D Tour here! REMARKABLY preserved & RARELY SEEN near original, the distinguished 1910 ‘OTIS HOUSE’ exudes the true grace and beauty of its time. Historically designated Site No.173 enrolled in the MILLS ACT**OFFERS SIGNIFICANT TAX SAVINGS** Immense GOURMET kitchen looks onto lovely ga

"Ownership of the building changed hands again until about 2009 when it was purchased by the current owner, who has main...
05/31/2020

"Ownership of the building changed hands again until about 2009 when it was purchased by the current owner, who has maintained this gem of a building. While its reputation has been tainted with scandal, the building itself is nearly unchanged from when the Bunkers owned it over 130 years and provides historic charm and character to Downtown Oceanside"

From the blog https://historiesandmysteries.blog/
Story and more photos HERE: https://historiesandmysteries.blog/2019/07/27/the-bunker-house-a-building-with-a-past/?fbclid=IwAR2-07FCQI8CSLK0QC7FYtV__XH1c3qGWt-2C59ZYfaWvqZ2cmoxQvDNw3c

SOHO celebrated in the fall of 1976 as the City adopted the Gaslamp’s Planned District Ordinance, which predated the for...
05/28/2020

SOHO celebrated in the fall of 1976 as the City adopted the Gaslamp’s Planned District Ordinance, which predated the formal historic district, it preserved 16 blocks of commercial buildings, prevented construction of new parking lots, and encouraged adaptive re-use.

Read more about SOHO’s involvement here:http://www.sohosandiego.org/reflections/1976/76-9.pdf

#SOHO1969 #SOHOSanDiego #SOHONewspaperArchives
Image: Gaslamp Quarter by Robert Miles Parker

San Diego street names: The first installment in the seriesBy Katherine HonFor San Diego Uptown NewsRetired physician Wi...
05/25/2020
The engineer behind authors, gems, heroes and scientists

San Diego street names: The first installment in the series

By Katherine Hon
For San Diego Uptown News

Retired physician William B. Hollington lived across the street from Louis J. Davids in this historically designated Victorian-era Queen Anne style home built in 1887. (Photo by Katherine Hon)

Stay tuned to future PastMatters columns for more about original street names and changes throughout the city.
Katherine Hon is the secretary of the North Park Historical Society. Reach her at [email protected]

By Katherine Hon Many streets in San Diego originally had different names from what we know them by today, especially

This is a story of grassroots historians and preservationists doing what they can to protect and share historical knowle...
05/24/2020
Bruce Semelsberger - Golden Spike Stewardship Award

This is a story of grassroots historians and preservationists doing what they can to protect and share historical knowledge with the greater San Diego area and is certainly to be admired!

SOHO honors lead developer Bruce Semelsberger along with all of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum participants with the Golden Spike Stewardship Award for cultivating the new Southwest Railway Library.

Check PSRMA out here: https://www.psrm.org/

FINDING A NEW USE for a historic structure can breathe new life into an old building. Our next winner did just that with...
05/23/2020
Donia Yuhong Ackad - Adaptive Reuse Award

FINDING A NEW USE for a historic structure can breathe new life into an old building. Our next winner did just that with the purchase of one of Master Architect Irving Gill's final built projects before his death in 1936.

Congratulations to Donia Ackad Yuhong for the Adaptive Reuse Award and the beautiful transformation of the Oceanside Daily Blade-Tribune building into the Blade 1936 restaurant. Irving Gill would be glad to see how far his design has come in the year of his 150th birthday.

Yesterdays 2020 PIP Awards had 1,095 people tuned in! We have had a lot of positive feedback. Check out each winner. Thi...
05/22/2020
Sean Englert - Roadside Stewardship Award

Yesterdays 2020 PIP Awards had 1,095 people tuned in! We have had a lot of positive feedback.

Check out each winner. This one is so cool, and for those who love roadside architecture a real treat!

The Roadside Stewardship Award went to Sean Englert and the Encinitas Preservation Association for the dedicated care of the Encinitas Boathouses!

HERE: http://www.sohosandiego.org/pip2020/englert.htm?fbclid=IwAR14tk5BTdZzzUuXnxxAPFwlnb4nQFXteEDzKg2xV0y-g_4vuQKdnpi75Uk

"By restoring this iconic house and having it as a key feature at the new Oceanside Beach Resort, we celebrate the futur...
05/22/2020
Oceanside's 'Top Gun House' Moved to Permanent Home at New Resort - Times of San Diego

"By restoring this iconic house and having it as a key feature at the new Oceanside Beach Resort, we celebrate the future of Oceanside by referencing the past and preserving its history,” said Jeremy Cohen, director of S.D. Malkin Properties.

The house was moved from its original site after groundbreaking to allow construction of the resort, which is the largest oceanfront development in San Diego County in the past decade. Since then, the house has undergone extensive restoration, including structural improvements and cosmetic detailing."

The Victorian cottage in Oceanside featured in the popular 1986 movie "Top Gun" was moved to a permanent new home at the Oceanside Beach Resort on Thursday.

Here are the 2020 People In Preservation Winners!An Online Digital Presentation. Please enjoy and help us thank the winn...
05/21/2020
SOHO's 2020 People In Preservation Awards

Here are the 2020 People In Preservation Winners!

An Online Digital Presentation.
Please enjoy and help us thank the winners here!

Welcome to SOHO's first-ever online celebration of the People In Preservation awards! Each year SOHO honors a group of esteemed groups, organizations, and individuals for their excellence in preserving our region's rich and diverse heritage. Even in our 37th year, we continue to be impressed by the....

A great way to support Historic Preservation in San Diego is by becoming a member of SOHO!While our museums are closed, ...
05/20/2020

A great way to support Historic Preservation in San Diego is by becoming a member of SOHO!

While our museums are closed, and the revenue we rely on from admissions and fundraisers from events and programs is non-existent for now, this is an easy way you can help.

JOIN HERE: http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/membership.htm

Pen-and-ink drawing by SOHO founder Robert Miles Parker of 136 Fir St. 136 Fir Street in Bankers Hill in the fall of 197...
05/17/2020

Pen-and-ink drawing by SOHO founder Robert Miles Parker of 136 Fir St. 136 Fir Street in Bankers Hill in the fall of 1975.

The SOHO newsletter that season highlighted how the newly opened state park in Old Town had, “outdistanced” Sea World and the Zoo as a “visitor drawing card,”. They were witnessing Cultural Heritage Tourism of the mid 20th -century in the making.

Learn more of the very active 1970's SOHO history through our newsletter archives. http://www.sohosandiego.org/reflections/reflections1975.htm.

#SOHO1969 #SOHONewsletterArchives #HistoricPreservation

"...the very condensed story of how and why the Broadway Fountain became SOHO's logo. It symbolizes our perseverance and...
05/17/2020
The Broadway Fountain

"...the very condensed story of how and why the Broadway Fountain became SOHO's logo. It symbolizes our perseverance and our commitment to future generations; it recalls and illustrates the need to see beyond current trends, that while plans come and go, it is the things that represent our heritage, the things that remain classic and timeless that best illustrate who we are as a city and make us all the richer for it. With each succeeding year of saving our heritage the meaning of this symbol has only grown stronger." - 2007 SOHO Reflections

http://www.sohosandiego.org/reflections/2007-2/fountain.htm

Ever wonder what the story behind the SOHO logo is? How and why the Broadway fountain became the symbol for historic preservation in San Diego?

With its stunning collection of late 19th-century Victorian commercial architecture, the preservation and restoration of...
05/16/2020

With its stunning collection of late 19th-century Victorian commercial architecture, the preservation and restoration of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter has been the central driving force behind downtown San Diego’s economic rebirth since the 1990s.

At Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House you can catch up on previous lectures of their monthly "History Talks!" Here is Wayne Donaldson FAIA presenting "From Skid Row to the Heart of San Diego: The Transformation of the Gaslamp Quarter"
HERE: https://gaslampfoundation.org/history-talks-videos/

#SanDiegoHouseMuseums #SDHistoricPlacesAmplified

To learn more about Bumann Ranch, watch this video tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwEbmgCUWgQ made by the Bumanns,...
05/16/2020
Good news! Bumann Ranch Listed

To learn more about Bumann Ranch, watch this video tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwEbmgCUWgQ made by the Bumanns, and read this Encinitas Magazine article from June 2017 here: http://kylethomasphotography.com/historic-bumann-ranch-of-olivenhain-encinitas-magazine-june-2017-words-photos-by-kyle-thomas/

Bumann Ranch, which dates to 1886, in Encinitas is one of the last remaining, still-active homestead ranches in San Diego County and it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Remarkably, the buildings, machinery, and other contents are entirely original and unchanged. The family....

Here it is! The 5th and final winner of SOHO’s look back at our first-ever PIP Awards held in 1983. This stunning and un...
05/15/2020

Here it is! The 5th and final winner of SOHO’s look back at our first-ever PIP Awards held in 1983.

This stunning and unique Arts and Crafts era home is located at 4769 Panorama Street in today’s University Heights neighborhood, was owned by Jody Rogers, and was given the award of Residential Restoration. Note how SOHO also recognized that this home could come under threat from commercial development. However, this did not occur and the home remains beautifully intact to this day on a quiet street, lined with single-family historic homes.

In 1974, we find SOHO still working to help save from demolition and relocate Victorian-era houses to Heritage Park in O...
05/14/2020

In 1974, we find SOHO still working to help save from demolition and relocate Victorian-era houses to Heritage Park in Old Town San Diego, including the Christian House, previously located at 1940 Third Avenue, and the Burton House, previously at 1970 Third Avenue,

Read more about SOHO in 1974 here:http://www.sohosandiego.org/reflections/1974/74-10.pdf

#SOHOSaves #SOHONewsletterArchives #SOHOSanDiego #HeritagePark

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of San Diego modernist landscape architect Joseph Yamada, who just turn...
05/14/2020
San Diego’s landscape architecture pioneers keep the tradition alive

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of San Diego modernist landscape architect Joseph Yamada, who just turned 90.
MAY 1, 1930 – MAY 11, 2020
Rest in Peace.

"Founded by Harriet Barnhart Wimmer in 1954, the firm was staffed by herself and Joe Yamada, a new Berkeley grad who originally came aboard as a draftsman/apprentice and later became her partner in 1960.

Wimmer Yamada was the first woman-owned landscape architecture firm in San Diego and one of four firms at the time. They worked out of the Fifth Avenue Design Center, ground zero at the time, for many of San Diego’s most notable architects and landscape architects.

Together they made a great team. Wimmer had an excellent education (a bachelor’s from Stanford; landscape architecture, Univ. of Oregon), years of practical experience, and a prosperous postwar clientele. And Yamada, who became an iconic designer in the local community and now retired, brought fresh design ideas and excellent training to the firm."

From the article, "San Diego’s landscape architecture pioneers keep the tradition alive"
By Delle Willett |March 4, 2016 foSan Diego Downtown News.

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land Beginning in the early 1950s, the commercial landscape architecture firm of Wimmer Yamada

A way to meet our housing needs in San Diego?!  Adaptive reuse! What do you think?"Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan ...
05/13/2020
Manhattan Faces a Reckoning if Working From Home Becomes the Norm

A way to meet our housing needs in San Diego?!
Adaptive reuse! What do you think?

"Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are part of a banking industry that has long been a pillar of the city’s economy, with more than 20,000 employees. Collectively, they lease more than 10 million square feet in New York — roughly all the office space in downtown Nashville.

Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays, the British bank, said that “the notion of putting 7,000 people in a building may be a thing of the past.”

Even after the crisis eases, companies may let workers stay home. That would affect an entire ecosystem, from transit to restaurants to shops. Not to mention the tax base.

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Your community. Your history. See attached link and open the section tab entitled "Hillcrest Focused Plan Amendment." This is a two-year comprehensive planning effort to enhance Hillcrest in partnership with the community by focusing additional housing near transit, improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility, providing public and recreational space, and celebrating and protecting Hillcrest's unique LGBTQ+ history and heritage. Expand all sections and learn about the goal to identify Hillcrest's LGBTQ+ history. There are links to complete your suggestions and ideas. Watch the video included in the link to better understand how the Hillcrest Focused plan amendment and its LGBTQ+ history are entwined. Please visit the PlanHillcrest website for more information of the Focused Plan Amendment.
I saw that someone recently mentioned Marston’s Department Store. There’s a Christmas story that happened when I was about 10 years old. My folks bought me a bike for Christmas from Marston’s. It was supposed to be delivered to our house a week or so before Christmas. It hadn’t come and my mom called a few times, only to be reassured that the bike will be delivered before Christmas. Now it’s Christmas Eve & still no bike. My mom has been calling Marston’s daily now, and now she’s hot. She’s giving them a really hard time and wants to talk to the boss. Some salesperson relents and gives my mom Mr. Marston’s phone number. She gets the maid at the Marston’s home, who tells her the Marston’s are attending a Christmas party. My mother tells the maid the whole bike story and how she doesn’t want to disappoint her daughter on Christmas. This lovely maid tracked down the Marstons at the party and relates our bike story. A few hours later, as I slept, and knew nothing of the drama going on, a limousine pulls up to our Rolando home and a dapper man in a tuxedo takes a beautiful blue bike out of the trunk and gives it to my mother. It was the best bike they sold at the time, much more expensive than the bike Mama bought. It was a Raleigh bike with a light, generator, a carrying rack and air pump. Thanks Marstons!!!
Help us Mr Wizard! Save this historic farmhouse.
Hello my names is Angelica Ibarra and I’m a native of San Diego. My heart has a very social place in my heart because I once had a vision of my future and purpose while standing in front of the California theater. I hate to hear that there is plans to get rid of it. It means way to much to San Diego’s history for that to happen!!!! I have an idea!! I want to help save it!! I hope that I’m not to late. I will be in contact very soon. I am starting a non profit focused on at risk children in San Diego. That where I’m starting and the plan is to help lower homelessness among children and so much more. Please get in contact with me [email protected]
All those pictures from that lady day, came back today, in memories on this day, FB. Great job SOHO!! They should have given you the millions, not to, “ explore the 100th anniversary,” but to run it. ❤️ all the good things done at the Marston House.
Many things are worth saving, thank you SOHO!
A member of the Poway City Council has put an item on the agenda for Tuesday, September 17, to waive an EIR on the historic Big Stone Lodge property. He hopes, it seems, to enable them to demolish it before any pesky efforts to save it can be put in gear. We're hoping for a good turnout at the meeting to show how much support there is for saving this valuable resource, at least as a passive park where visitors can relax and learn about the history of the area.
I'm thinking that with the technology available today, the developer of the California Theater project should commission an ultra-digital, Augmented Reality photo of the Caliente Mural that can be seen on site through cellphones. It's being done for advertisements but in this case, it would be a noteworthy example of 21st Century preservation.
I'm thinking that with the technology available today, the developer of the California Theater project should commission an ultra-digital, Augmented Reality photo of the Caliente Mural that could be seen through cellphones. It would be noteworthy, 21st Century preservation.