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
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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

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

Operating as usual

Very nice Union-Tribune piece about one of our favorite organizations, Lambda Archives of San Diego. “When you’re talkin...
07/11/2021
Pride and preservation: Lambda Archives safeguards San Diego's LGBTQ past

Very nice Union-Tribune piece about one of our favorite organizations, Lambda Archives of San Diego.

“When you’re talking about a historical organization, you certainly must have folks who’ve been around and who can speak to things that have happened in the community or the work they’ve done,” says Verdes.

Kaminski jokes that Pride and the San Diego LGBT Community Center are the more well-known LGBTQ organizations in the city because someone would have to be a “history geek” to appreciate Lambda.

“You have to be someone who appreciates the past and wants to figure out how to take that knowledge of the past and figuring out what it means for the present,” Kaminski says."

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/local/story/2021-07-11/pride-and-preservation-lambda-archives-preserves-stories?fbclid=IwAR0WAEkBlRpPtiRl9gZ0G-iS6xlEBYFa1toYGxdOt6ckrmjklq_vAEtGFoo

The 35-year-old institution has a new outlook, but the same commitment to ensuring San Diego’s LGBTQ stories get told

This brand new SOHO self-guided driving tour will take you from North Park, Mission Valley, and Hillcrest to the coast w...
07/10/2021
San Diego's Mid-Century Modern Marvels

This brand new SOHO self-guided driving tour will take you from North Park, Mission Valley, and Hillcrest to the coast with stops in Point Loma, Shelter Island, and La Jolla to see some of San Diego's most marvelous Mid-Century Modern buildings. Built from the years 1949 to 1977, the movement's end in the 1970s, these designs showcase the work of many of San Diego's leading Modernist architects, including Lloyd Ruocco, Robert Mosher, and William Krisel.

http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0721moderntour.htm

As we advance into the 2020s, 20th-century Modern architecture is having a renaissance. Not only is the style rising in popularity, but Mid-Century designs are reaching a level of maturity that qualifies many for historic designation and a higher level of recognition and importance.

"As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and ventures into this century’s decade of the ‘20s, the La Jolla Light...
07/08/2021
La Jolla Then and Now: Girard Avenue and The Village, 1920s vs. 2020s

"As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and ventures into this century’s decade of the ‘20s, the La Jolla Light takes a look back at what the ‘20s looked like the last time around in La Jolla and what they look like now."

A favorite image for a look back at La Jolla's White Rabbit Roof Garden on Girard Avenue at Prospect Street (Courtesy of La Jolla Historical Society)
#LaJollaLight

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and ventures into this century’s decade of the '20s, the La Jolla Light takes a look back at what the '20s looked like the last time around in La Jolla and what they look like now.

Lost San Diego-  "...designed by F. S. Allen (1860-1934), with construction starting in 1906. Construction continued bey...
07/05/2021

Lost San Diego-

"...designed by F. S. Allen (1860-1934), with construction starting in 1906. Construction continued beyond this original building, with cornerstones for others laid in 1912, the stadium built in 1914, in 1922 and 1923 separate gymnasiums for men and women, and an auditorium in 1926. After California legislation in the 1960s required the razing of all school buildings built prior to 1933, due to earthquake concerns, architect Richard G. Wheeler (1917-1990) was retained in 1970 to design a new school. Demolition and construction proceeded simultaneously on different buildings starting in 1973 and ending with the occupation of all four new buildings in 1977." -SDSU Library

Eric DuVall—"Old Gray Castle 1917. Small format photo, but there are some folks dressed to the nines strolling down the path to the left. OBHS Collection."
Original Vintage San Diego THE GROUP post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VintageSanDiego/posts/4360406110644285

Sharing for our friends at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead : "Seeking a Resident Volunteer/Caretaker to live at the Sikes...
07/04/2021

Sharing for our friends at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead :

"Seeking a Resident Volunteer/Caretaker to live at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead starting in September 2021!
In exchange for 20 hours of hour per week, the San Dieguito River Park will cover most water, electric and sewerage payments. The Resident volunteer must have a personally owned tiny house, trailer, or 5th wheeler, which will serve as your on-site residence."
Please contact Leana Bulay at [email protected] or 760-716-1214 for more details.

Sharing for our friends at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead :

"Seeking a Resident Volunteer/Caretaker to live at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead starting in September 2021!
In exchange for 20 hours of hour per week, the San Dieguito River Park will cover most water, electric and sewerage payments. The Resident volunteer must have a personally owned tiny house, trailer, or 5th wheeler, which will serve as your on-site residence."
Please contact Leana Bulay at [email protected] or 760-716-1214 for more details.

“Taking into account the massive investment of materials and energy in existing buildings, it is both obvious and profou...
07/03/2021

“Taking into account the massive investment of materials and energy in existing buildings, it is both obvious and profound that extending the useful service of life of the building stock is common sense, good business, and sound resource management.” — Carl Elefante

Image: Rendering of the Caydon Property Group project incorporating the historic California Theatre. Courtesy San Diego Union-Tribune

“Taking into account the massive investment of materials and energy in existing buildings, it is both obvious and profound that extending the useful service of life of the building stock is common sense, good business, and sound resource management.” — Carl Elefante

Image: Rendering of the Caydon Property Group project incorporating the historic California Theatre. Courtesy San Diego Union-Tribune

Opening tomorrow July 3rd! We look forward to welcoming you to the Marston House as the museum opens for the 2021 season...
07/02/2021
Welcome Back to the Marston House

Opening tomorrow July 3rd!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Marston House as the museum opens for the 2021 season on Saturday, July 3. http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0721mhwelcomeback.htm?fbclid=IwAR3qzoQFEhiN1yaf7pCdtvzg9lRmp1vADartAZnkjIU_q2YKeF4pKeQ_rnI

We've missed you! We look forward to welcoming you and other visitors to the Marston House as the museum opens for the 2021 season on Saturday, July 3. The museum will be open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays during the hours 10am to 4pm.

"SOHO does not support any of the five alternatives. All would detrimentally impact Old Town, the National Historic Land...
07/02/2021
NAVWAR Proposes Walling Off Old Town with 32-Story High-Rises

"SOHO does not support any of the five alternatives. All would detrimentally impact Old Town, the National Historic Landmark Presidio Park, and historic viewscapes now providing context for the city's founding and early development including the historic views of San Diego Bay from the Presidio. Today's sweeping panorama of Point Loma, Ballast Point and its Fort Guijarros, and the original Spanish landing site, el desembarcadero would be blocked, making it impossible to understand the early settlement of San Diego and to interpret these important landmarks by sight.

This public view from Presidio Park is one of three of San Diego's most outstanding viewsheds and is renowned and loved by visitors and residents alike."

Read MORE:

http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0721navwar.htm

San Diegans are justifiably alarmed by the Navy's staggeringly tall and dense proposal for the innocuously named Old Town Campus Revitalization Project. The aggressive, mixed-use development raises serious environmental and preservation issues, and would essentially create a second downtown of high-...

.."councilmembers voted unanimously to grant the owner's appeal and revoke the designation. This paves the way for the o...
07/01/2021
550 Washington Street Designation Overturned

.."councilmembers voted unanimously to grant the owner's appeal and revoke the designation. This paves the way for the owner to demolish this well-known landmark.

Designed by William S. Lewis, Jr. for Deems Martin and Associates architects, the monumental tower and its eye-catching aluminum tracery serve as a landmark in the Uptown region and demonstrate San Diego's role in Mid-Century Modern architectural development. The planned demolition of this structure would result in the loss of one of San Diego's most important and influential post-WWII buildings."
http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0721washingtonstreet550.htm

The San Diego City Council overturned the historical designation of 550 Washington Street June 29, 2021. The iconic Mid-Century Modern building was designated at the February Historical Resources Board meeting under Criterion A, as a special example of San Diego's architectural development. But at t...

Sharing: Thursdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 11 am for a historical walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and learn more ab...
07/01/2021

Sharing: Thursdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 11 am for a historical walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and learn more about the district’s historic buildings!
More info👇
https://gaslampfoundation.org/shop/

Do you know which building this is from this perspective? Built in 1888 it is nick-named “the Queen of the Gaslamp” because of its beautifully ornate granite exterior and is the most photographed building in the district!
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Join us on Thursdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 11 am for a historical walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and learn more about the district’s historic buildings!

More info👇
https://gaslampfoundation.org/shop/

There's still time to get your thoughts into the city council for tomorrow! Please click HERE for DIRECT LINKS, TALKING ...
06/29/2021

There's still time to get your thoughts into the city council for tomorrow!

Please click HERE for DIRECT LINKS, TALKING POINTS, and INSTRUCTIONS! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Preservation-Action-Alert--Support-the-designation-of-Mid-Century-Icon.html?soid=1101889363559&aid=mNRR0hdQukk

There's still time to get your thoughts into the city council for tomorrow!

Please click HERE for DIRECT LINKS, TALKING POINTS, and INSTRUCTIONS! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Preservation-Action-Alert--Support-the-designation-of-Mid-Century-Icon.html?soid=1101889363559&aid=mNRR0hdQukk

Dream job for the right preservation architect! "Provide architectural oversight regarding the maintenance, conservation...
06/28/2021
Careers at the National Trust for Historical Preservation

Dream job for the right preservation architect!

"Provide architectural oversight regarding the maintenance, conservation, disaster recovery and capital improvements of the National Trust’s 28 Historic Sites, ensuring best practices that work hand-in-hand with the sites operational and financial realities"
https://nthp.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1647750&&fbclid=IwAR0fl4HwPvpvBuS3ci0K2Dx5E0FiT6aZupNqbGcWwqJlkriIbrVp9MyzN9Q#job

The Graham Gund Architect serves as the Senior Director of Preservation Architecture in the Historic Sites Department, a senior project manager role with broad oversight responsibilities focused on the preservation of the architecture and landscapes of the 28  National Trust Historic Sites, most of...

Designed by Master Architect William Lewis, Jr. for Deems Martin and Assoc., the sun-catching tracery of this tower is o...
06/25/2021

Designed by Master Architect William Lewis, Jr. for Deems Martin and Assoc., the sun-catching tracery of this tower is one of San Diego’s most significant Mid-Century icons and needs your support to maintain designation.

On Tuesday, June 29, the San Diego City Council will consider the appeal of the historical designation for this c. 1964 Modern masterpiece at 550 Washington Street. Since the appellant has not demonstrated factual errors in materials or information, violations of bylaws or hearing procedures, or new information, there are no grounds to grant this appeal.

Designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in February, despite not having staff support, the HRB found this resource significant under Criterion A as a special element of San Diego’s architectural development. Specifically, the monumental tower, which is highly visible from miles away in four directions, represents an important chapter of our local architectural history as well as leadership and contribution to the Modern design movement that influenced national and international trends. The tower’s concrete exterior adorned with aluminum tracery, a signature detail of Deems Martin and Associates, is an important local and well-known example that expresses the values of San Diego’s influence on this movement and highly significant within the California design period and San Diego specifically.

One of the most important post-WWII commercial Modern style buildings in San Diego, this resource retains integrity (especially the iconic tower and its tracery), is rare in style, well known due to prominence and visibility, and is recognized as a masterful and sophisticated example by Master Architect William Lewis, Jr. Please contact the City Council and let them know you support the historical designation of 550 Washington Street today.

Your Action Requested! Please click HERE for DIRECT LINKS, TALKING POINTS,and INSTRUCTIONS! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Preservation-Action-Alert--Support-the-designation-of-Mid-Century-Icon.html?soid=1101889363559&aid=mNRR0hdQukk

Designed by Master Architect William Lewis, Jr. for Deems Martin and Assoc., the sun-catching tracery of this tower is one of San Diego’s most significant Mid-Century icons and needs your support to maintain designation.

On Tuesday, June 29, the San Diego City Council will consider the appeal of the historical designation for this c. 1964 Modern masterpiece at 550 Washington Street. Since the appellant has not demonstrated factual errors in materials or information, violations of bylaws or hearing procedures, or new information, there are no grounds to grant this appeal.

Designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in February, despite not having staff support, the HRB found this resource significant under Criterion A as a special element of San Diego’s architectural development. Specifically, the monumental tower, which is highly visible from miles away in four directions, represents an important chapter of our local architectural history as well as leadership and contribution to the Modern design movement that influenced national and international trends. The tower’s concrete exterior adorned with aluminum tracery, a signature detail of Deems Martin and Associates, is an important local and well-known example that expresses the values of San Diego’s influence on this movement and highly significant within the California design period and San Diego specifically.

One of the most important post-WWII commercial Modern style buildings in San Diego, this resource retains integrity (especially the iconic tower and its tracery), is rare in style, well known due to prominence and visibility, and is recognized as a masterful and sophisticated example by Master Architect William Lewis, Jr. Please contact the City Council and let them know you support the historical designation of 550 Washington Street today.

Your Action Requested! Please click HERE for DIRECT LINKS, TALKING POINTS,and INSTRUCTIONS! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Preservation-Action-Alert--Support-the-designation-of-Mid-Century-Icon.html?soid=1101889363559&aid=mNRR0hdQukk

Free eLearning program! "Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Histor...
06/22/2021

Free eLearning program!

"Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties"

Need to brush up on the Secretary of the Interior Standards? The OHP offers a free eLearning program: "Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties" https://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27295

Join Ocean Beach Historical Society and Lighthouse volunteer and San Diego Historian Karen Scanlon, for a lavishly illus...
06/17/2021
OB Historical Society Presents: Point Loma’s 1891 Lower Lighthouse – Thursday, June 17

Join Ocean Beach Historical Society and Lighthouse volunteer and San Diego Historian Karen Scanlon, for a lavishly illustrated discussion of San Diego’s Operational Lighthouse, and the Six Lights that have watched over San Diego Bay over the years.

JOIN ZOOM MEETING, THURS. June 17, 2021 at 7 PM Point Loma’s 1891 Lower Lighthouse The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents "Point Loma’s Lower Lighthouse has been beaming brightly since 1891."...

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We have a historic homeowner with a 1920s bungalow who is looking for recommendations for reliable air conditioning inst...
06/16/2021

We have a historic homeowner with a 1920s bungalow who is looking for recommendations for reliable air conditioning installers for historic homes. SOHO has one listed, in our Old House Resource Directory but they would like more than one quote.

Image courtesy- This Old House.

We have a historic homeowner with a 1920s bungalow who is looking for recommendations for reliable air conditioning installers for historic homes. SOHO has one listed, in our Old House Resource Directory but they would like more than one quote.

Image courtesy- This Old House.

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Sign to Support NAVWAR Alternative 1 Today. https://www.savesandiegoscharacter.com/... (please don't sign if you completed the paper petition) The Navy needs to rebuild a state of the art secured facility and has the money to do this in the next five years. We need to debate housing and transit as a community before committing to a project that will negatively alter San Diego's legacy. Up to 350 ft buildings, 70,000 added car trips a day, and visual impairment from 19 historic landmarks and public views is unacceptable. Yes on Alternative 1 allows the Navy to proceed without delay. By saying yes to Alternative 1, you are not saying 'no' to future housing and transit development. You are saying yes to Navy modernization and time for appropriate community, city, and historical organization discourse to create a project we are all proud of. All comments are due to the Navy by July 13, 2021. Check out https://navwar-revitalization.com/ for more info.
If you want responsible NAVWAR Development, check out Save San Diego's Character. https://www.facebook.com/groups/227388178770640/about We're a grass roots organization asking for NAVWAR Alternative 1, which prioritizes Navy modernization and allows time for city, community, and historic organizations to provide input to private development and transit. Buildings up to 21-32 stories (same as the El Cortez Hotel), adding up to 10,000 dwelling units and 70,000 new car trips a day, should not be wedged into 70 acres in the congested Midway district. San Diegans must have a voice to create a proud legacy that fulfills the housing and transit needs of tomorrow without undue sacrifice to our citizens' lives. If you haven't signed our petition to support Alternative 1 of the NAVWAR Project in Old Town, we will have a signing table set up: Wednesday, June 16th from 3-5p Mission Hills Cleaners (parking lot) 1604 West Lewis Street Please spread the word to your household, neighbors, friends, and all San Diegans.
Fellow Save Our Heritage Supporters: NAVWAR is seeking comment on the proposed build out of their Old Town Center by Jul 13 and their first public meeting is tomorrow June 8. Voice your concerns to co-create San Diego's urban development in a way that respects our community and character. Alternative 1 is the only path forward to preserve San Diego's unique culture and community and prioritize Navy modernization. Keep Downtown San Diego... Downtown! June 8, 2021, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pacific Time Meeting Link for June 8: https://zoom.us/j/94377565994 or Participate by Phone: (253) 215-8782 or (929) 205-6099 Toll Free: (888) 475-4499 or (877) 853-5257 Meeting ID: 943 7756 5994 June 23, 2021, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pacific Time (June 23 meeting link will be provided a few days before the meeting) Join our Facebook group for additional updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/227388178770640 Post a comment if you can't attend: https://navwar-revitalization.com/comments/?fbclid=IwAR3My9ZvZZwn-sjGs6DGAJ-sBBnwE9XoMjXeXGz6honpKfiQNCGmXoMFqo8
His impact on preservation and transportation is profound.
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For our kids, for ourselves, for the next 10 years. Lets ensure our communities receive the funding they deserve. Respond to the 2020 Census by calling the San Diego Area Census Office at 619-695-5657 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Para nuestros niños, para nosotros, para los proximo diez años. Tenemos que asegurar que nuestras comunidades reciban los fundos que merecen. Responda a el Censo del 2020 llame a la Oficina del Census en San Diego al 619-695-5657. Se habla Español. Lunes a Viernes, 9am-5pm
In downtown San Diego up until the 1970's there was a saddle shop, Kahle and sons. After they closed, their building was moved and joined with the Grand Hotel. While I often went into their store, I never realized that among the saddles they made were western parade saddles. One is up for auction now, so here you can enjoy the workmanship.
[O](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzMrX9YGNNE&t=4s)ne of five historic landmarks we're featuring in this week's News 8 Throwback. This one is specifically about your efforts. Horton Grand Hotel
1704 Grand Ave. Then and Now - Currently listed for Sale www.lifeisabeach92109.com http://thewebsters.us/2019/01/21/1704-grand-then-and-now/
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!!!
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