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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1918 Pandemic ad from The Red Cross is not mincing any words!"The man or woman or child who will not wear a mask now are...
04/08/2020

1918 Pandemic ad from The Red Cross is not mincing any words!
"The man or woman or child who will not wear a mask now are dangerous slackers"

We sure love our San Diego historic post offices and thier fabulous murals!  Nice article!Like our La Jolla PO, which wa...
04/07/2020
Appreciating America's Overlooked, Forgotten, and Discarded Post Office Murals

We sure love our San Diego historic post offices and thier fabulous murals! Nice article!

Like our La Jolla PO, which was designed in 1935 by Louis A. Simon, a supervising architect for the post office during the Works Progress Administration, this building strongly contributes to the civic core and character of downtown La Jolla.

Its designation includes its fabulous mural painted by Belle Baranceanu titled Scenic View of the Village (1935-1936), a depiction of the view down Hillside Drive toward the La Jolla coastline.

Painted during the Great Depression, they're lingering expressions of civic pride.

We all can use some good news!Today the National Parks Service announced $14 million to 51 Civil Rights projects! If you...
04/06/2020
National Park Service Announces $14 Million in Grants to Preserve African American Civil Rights - Office of Communications (U.S. National Park Service)

We all can use some good news!
Today the National Parks Service announced $14 million to 51 Civil Rights projects!

If you know of a good African American Civil Rights applicant, please share this and let them know an additional $15.5 million is available for FY2020 and applications will be posted this Spring and due in the Fall.

An additional $2.5 million is also available to tell All America's Civil Rights stories.

For more go to nps.gov/stlpg

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia that will preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality i...

In a corner of the Whaley House Courtroom sits an authentic Wooton Desk. A recent donation to the Whaley House Museum, r...
04/05/2020

In a corner of the Whaley House Courtroom sits an authentic Wooton Desk. A recent donation to the Whaley House Museum, read more about it in the Whaley House Museums post below.

In the corner of the Whaley House Courtroom sits an authentic Wooton Desk. A recent donation to the Whaley House Museum, we are fortunate to display this unique artifact.

Wooton Desks originate from Indianapolis, Indiana, where entrepreneur William S. Wooton established his own company in 1870 and obtained permits to begin producing these intricate desks. With their many compartments including a mail slot, drop writing board, pigeon holes with cardboard drawers, and the ability to be locked, the Wooton Desk was an innovation created to meet the needs of esteemed businessmen. United States presidents were even known to use these specific desks, and the one in our courtroom has possible connections to President Ulysses S. Grant, whose family later settled here in San Diego, and whose descendants are still here today. Wooton Desks made in the 1870s reflect the Renaissance Revival style and were typically constructed of black walnut wood with a burl walnut veneer, as seen along the fronts of the many drawers in ours.

Advertised to the public throughout the 1870s and 80s as the “King of Desks,” the Wooton Desk is truly the organization lover’s dream!

Photo by M. Krcelich. #MuseumMonday #MuseumFromHome #WhaleyHouse #WhaleyHouseMuseum #GotGhosts #AmericasMostHaunted

Doing some #SpringCleaning while holed up at home?  Good idea.Box it up, and then donate your old and antique items to t...
04/05/2020

Doing some #SpringCleaning while holed up at home? Good idea.

Box it up, and then donate your old and antique items to the #SYFeedStore!
Once the coast is clear again and we are all out and about, we can arrange to pick up too!

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards saving and preserving historic sites all around San Diego County. Use our easy online form to donate today. http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/event_sysexpansion.htm

#SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

A Day of Service with over 550 volunteers!People from all over San Diego of different faiths, backgrounds, and from othe...
04/05/2020
MLK Day of Service and 550 volunteers

A Day of Service with over 550 volunteers!

People from all over San Diego of different faiths, backgrounds, and from other local groups came together on MLK Day at the Marston House. To read on what took place visit http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0320mlkday.htm #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SOHOenews

If you walked or drove past the Marston House on January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you would have noticed hundreds of people on the grounds, wielding garden tools and trash bags. Now in its twelfth year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Services brings people of all faiths together...

Important Update from theCalifornia Office of Historic PreservationDuring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation,...
04/04/2020
California Office of Historic Preservation

Important Update from the
California Office of Historic Preservation

During the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) remains open and committed to providing essential services. To that end, we are providing updated submission guidelines to address challenges agencies may be experiencing in sending hard-copy submissions to our office during the statewide stay-at-home order.

Should there be any further updates or changes, they will be posted to the OHP website

Important Update from the OHP

Ingrid Helton being awarded the coveted SOHO Lady in 1995 for a #fbf. Jeffrey Shorn Bob Broms, and  Maria Curry .#Flashb...
04/04/2020

Ingrid Helton being awarded the coveted SOHO Lady in 1995 for a #fbf.
Jeffrey Shorn Bob Broms, and Maria Curry .

#FlashbackFriday #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation

The 1924 vaudeville/movie palace Balboa Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.Designed ...
04/02/2020

The 1924 vaudeville/movie palace Balboa Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Designed by architect William H. Wheeler, the palace combines Moorish and Spanish Revival styles. After a couple remodels and narrowly avoiding demolition, the Theatre now hosts entertainment and cultural events. #NRHP #BalboaTheatre #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

There may be another opportunity dawning for creating a Park Boulevard Residential Historic District.To read more about ...
04/01/2020
Renewed Hope for a New District

There may be another opportunity dawning for creating a Park Boulevard Residential Historic District.

To read more about visit http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0320parkhistoricdistrict.htm #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SOHOenews

Another opportunity is dawning for creating a Park Boulevard Residential Historic District. The San Diego Planning Department's proposal stalled in 2018; however, city staff now plan to complete the required designation steps this year.

Let's not lose anymore!SOHO was founded and exists today to advocate for the protection and preservation of historic res...
03/31/2020
Lost San Diego

Let's not lose anymore!

SOHO was founded and exists today to advocate for the protection and preservation of historic resources. The “Lost San Diego” section of our website serves as a reminder of the many delightfully unique architectural and cultural treasures that have vanished, and why SOHO’s mission remains critically important. http://www.sohosandiego.org/lostsd/index.htm #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

Over the course of our city and county's history, many historic buildings, both commercial and residential, and cultural landscapes have been lost. The following historic images are paired with current day photos of the same view. This is the San Diego that has been irretrievably lost. These lost Sa...

Once the quarantine is over and the museum reopens, consider making a group day trip with friends and family!Share, repo...
03/29/2020
Promoting SOHO's Group Tours - SOHO eNews

Once the quarantine is over and the museum reopens, consider making a group day trip with friends and family!

Share, repost, and retweet for them.
http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0320mhtours.htm #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SOHOenews

What's the very best form of advertising? You don't have to be a Madison Avenue exec to know that it is... word of mouth. And the best thing about it: it's easy and free. This is why we are asking SOHO members and supporters to help us spread the word about a special program at the Marston House. We...

Restoration is an ongoing process at the Whaley House, but it is the attention to detail and historical accuracy that ma...
03/28/2020

Restoration is an ongoing process at the Whaley House, but it is the attention to detail and historical accuracy that makes all the difference! Paint analysis of the original woodwork uncovered traces of the original faux oak grain finish (faux bois) which has been restored throughout the museum. To read more about this restoration, visit http://sohosandiego.org/reflections/2003-4/whaley.htm

2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Whaley House Museum and #SOHOsd! Join us as we celebrate two decades of stewardship, restoration, discovery and preservation of the history and heritage of the #WhaleyHouse #WhaleyHouseMuseum #WhaleyHouseSOHO20 #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation

This is what historic buildings do for us.
03/27/2020

This is what historic buildings do for us.

The Americanization School in Oceanside was built in 1931 and was designed by Irving Gill.It was listed on the National ...
03/26/2020

The Americanization School in Oceanside was built in 1931 and was designed by Irving Gill.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Place in 1994 and was one of the last works by Gill. #NRHP #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

Historic preservation is beneficial to the economy, environment, and general quality of life. Surprisingly, many misinfo...
03/24/2020
Standards and Regulations, SOHO San Diego

Historic preservation is beneficial to the economy, environment, and general quality of life.

Surprisingly, many misinformed “property rights advocates,” insensitive developers, and even politicians remain ignorant of these widely accepted views, ignoring the official government standards and regulations already in place that acknowledge the importance of protecting resources for future generations. http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/standardsregs.htm #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

03/23/2020
Tell Congress: Include Museums in COVID-19 Economic Relief

URGENT ACTION NEEDED!!

SIGN HERE:
https://www.congressweb.com/AAM/67#/67/

Policymakers on Capitol Hill are negotiating the details of an emergency COVID-19 aid package right now, and it is essential that they receive detailed guidance about how this package can support our sector.

Reach out to your organization’s contacts in Congress today, urging them to make the following changes to the Senate Republican-released package during final negotiations:
Expressly include charitable nonprofits in the $200 billion loan fund for businesses that includes airlines.

The charitable sector needs an immediate infusion of $60 billion and the loan program is a fast way to get cash in the hands of organizations serving immediate needs in communities while facing losses in revenue due to the pandemic.

Improve the above-the-line charitable deduction by raising the cap to $2,000 and allowing all taxpayers to immediately claim the deduction on their 2019 taxes (due on July 15) and afterward through 2021.

Clarify that charitable nonprofits of all sizes can participate in the emergency Small Business Loan Program by using the tax-law definition of charitable organizations (501(c)(3) public charities) and removing the language that excludes nonprofits that are eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursements.

Urge Your Legislators to Include Museums in COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Your legislators need to hear directly from you that they must include $4 billion for nonprofit museums in COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus. They also need to hear specifically about how COVID-19 is affecting you....

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03/22/2020

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Conversation starter: Industry-standard in 1918 and today.
03/22/2020

Conversation starter: Industry-standard in 1918 and today.

03/21/2020
JA Cooley Museum

We have always been fans of the J A Cooley Museum at 4233 Park Blvd, such nice folks and here is yet another reason! Virtual tours!

Today’s shutdown tour features the 1910 Hunt
Guess what it originally sold far and get a free gift from the JA Cooley Museum

What do you want us to feature next??

#staycation
#mustseesandiego
#visitsandiego
#sdautomuseum
#hillcrest
#universityheights
#coronavirus2020
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Old Town San Diego, the first tour in our series, showcases the multicultural history of our oldest neighborhood. This V...
03/21/2020
Digital Cultural Heritage Tours Launched

Old Town San Diego, the first tour in our series, showcases the multicultural history of our oldest neighborhood.

This VIRTUAL walking tour will guide you through San Diego's historic areas - highlighting the earliest development of people, businesses, schools, and more. You'll encounter tales of brave women, dedicated businessmen, multi-cultural families and the architecture they occupied every day.
Begin your VIRTUAL tour HERE.

San Diego is and has always been a city full of diverse people from different places, cultures, and walks of life. From the indigenous Kumeyaay, to the Spanish Mission era, Mexican Pueblo, and American city, San Diego abounds with a rich past that reflects the inclusivity and distinctiveness still p...

Hello Alana,Last week, along with arts and culture organizations across the nation, SOHO made the decision to close our ...
03/19/2020

Hello Alana,
Last week, along with arts and culture organizations across the nation, SOHO made the decision to close our historic sites out of concern for the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and communities in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

ALL MARCH AND APRIL programs are CANCELED. We hope to hold our May and June events as planned, but like everyone else, we will have to play this by ear. Please keep checking our online calendar for the most up to date information.

All administrative and operations staff are currently working remotely and remain available by phone, email, and video conferencing continuing our essential work to protect and save San Diego’s historic places. We are here, as always, to serve as a resource for preservationists, and old house and building owners.

SOHO’s mission enriches lives by saving our past for not just today's enjoyment but for future generations as well and now more than ever, we look to our history for courage, comfort, and inspiration.

While you are social distancing, we encourage you to visit our website which is 3,000 pages deep in rich and meaningful content and features among other things 50 years of SOHO’s architectural tours, and the newly added virtual exhibit Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. http://www.sohosandiego.org/exhibits/gill/gillindex.htm
We will be rolling out more digital works in the coming months as well.

Our historic environment plays such a vital role in our daily lives and in times like these, support is even more critical. The cost of museum closures will be significant. Please consider making a gift to help sustain SOHO and our museums during this unsettling time.
DONATE HERE http://www.sohosandiego.org/giving/generalfund.htm

Thank you for your support for SOHO’s work. We will continue to keep you in the know.

Alana Coons
Education and Communications Director

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19 and after several requests to do so, SOHO has EXTENDED the submission deadline for the 2020 P...
03/19/2020
PIP Nominations Deadline March 20

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19 and after several requests to do so, SOHO has EXTENDED the submission deadline for the 2020 PIP Awards to Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 5pm.

http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0320pipnomcall.htm

SOHO is seeking nominations for outstanding local preservation projects, advocacy groups, restorations, individuals, and more for our 2020 People In Preservation Awards. The deadline, Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm, will be here before you know it!

The historic Haines House, located in the Golden Hill area of San Diego, was listed on the National Register of Historic...
03/19/2020

The historic Haines House, located in the Golden Hill area of San Diego, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

This 1908 Craftsman home was built for then San Diego Judge Alfred Haines and is one of the finest preserved homes near #DowntownSD. #NRHP #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

Starting off 2020 with the newest city and county designations! http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0320designatedcountywi...
03/18/2020
City and County Designations in January and February

Starting off 2020 with the newest city and county designations! http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0320designatedcountywide.htm

#SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SOHOenews

Starting off 2020 with three new designations, the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board also approved its second annual Standardized Report of City Boards and Commissions, a summary of 2019 board actions for the public, mayor and the City Council. Planning staff is expected to bring two new....

Do you know what historic resource is endangered near you?SOHO works on a wide range of preservation issues. All our adv...
03/17/2020
Most Endangered List of Historic Resources

Do you know what historic resource is endangered near you?

SOHO works on a wide range of preservation issues. All our advocacy efforts share a common goal: to protect and preserve the region’s historic architectural and cultural resources. SOHO’s Most Endangered List serves to raise public awareness while urging property owners to do the right thing by protecting these sites. http://www.sohosandiego.org/endangered/index.htm #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SavingPlaces

In bringing attention to threatened buildings, sites and places it has raised awareness countywide, and resulted in many success stories. If you know of a historic resource that is threatened with demolition or excessive alteration, please let us know.

PIP Nominations are due in three days, March 20th! http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0320pipnomcall.htm #SOHOsd #SOHOSanDieg...
03/16/2020
PIP Nominations Deadline March 20

PIP Nominations are due in three days, March 20th!

http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0320pipnomcall.htm
#SOHOsd #SOHOSanDiego #HistoricPreservation #SOHOenews

SOHO is seeking nominations for outstanding local preservation projects, advocacy groups, restorations, individuals, and more for our 2020 People In Preservation Awards. The deadline, Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm, will be here before you know it!

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2476 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA
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Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

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(619) 297-9327

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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.
God bless you all for the work you STILL do! When SOHO was first established, I was a friend of Miles Parker's and one of your earliest members, and at Miles' request I sang for your fundraising events.(As Chloe Marsh, professional folksinger.) One of my most-loved San Francisco jobs was as a receptionist, then secretary, for an historic restoration investment firm, owned by some excellent architects and engineers. At my interview, they seemed to like me from the start, but I believe that it was my work with SOHO and my "devotion to the cause" that got me hired on the spot! So, a very belated "Thank you!" But for the change in the Investment Tax Credit laws that drove them out of business, I'm sure they'd still be doing that work.