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 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.

Mission: Through education, advocacy, and stewardship SOHO's mission is to preserve, promote and support preservation of the architectural, cultural and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth and character of our region. All donations to SOHO support our mission of preservation.

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" Modernism in Tijuana is historically significant and deserves deep evaluation and policies to protect it before all th...
10/24/2020
Tijuana's Modernism

" Modernism in Tijuana is historically significant and deserves deep evaluation and policies to protect it before all the worthy examples disappear. " Maria Curry

"A must have for locals and anyone interested in beach area and San Diego history..." - OB RAGWe love these community hi...
10/16/2020
A Review of ‘San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs Park, a History’

"A must have for locals and anyone interested in beach area and San Diego history..." - OB RAG

We love these community history books that only our local historians who truly know and love thier historic neighborhoods can best write!

Check it out- details at the story link.

Grassroots and Progressive views on local, national and world news

Explore the haunted side of history this Halloween month!  And support our work at the same time! http://www.whaleyhouse...
10/08/2020
Halloween 2020 - Video Tour

Explore the haunted side of history this Halloween month!

And support our work at the same time! http://www.whaleyhouse.org/event_halloween2020tour.htm

We offer you a private tour of the Most Haunted House in America to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, with a brand-new virtual exploration of this remarkable historic house museum. This intimate journey to the past will sweep back the veil of time as you meet the Whaley family, hear stor...

While we cannot greet crowds in the physical realm this year we invite fans of history and the paranormal to join us in ...
10/06/2020
Celebrate October with the Whaley House Museum

While we cannot greet crowds in the physical realm this year we invite fans of history and the paranormal to join us in spirit for some hauntingly fun and entertaining virtual events!

Please take a minute and read this article! And keep in mind that San Diego has less than 5% historic inventory! But to ...
10/06/2020
A Response to “Historic Preservation is Great, Except When it Isn’t”

Please take a minute and read this article!
And keep in mind that San Diego has less than 5% historic inventory! But to most developers and politicians thats just too much!

.."Beyer suggests that having historic districts is constraining needed development. However, in the City of New York less than five percent of the developable parcels are under the purview of the Landmarks Commission. We are such believers in “market urbanism” that we think the real estate development community is smart enough to make a living on 95% of the land not historically designated. It should be noted that, in each of the five boroughs, the historic districts are among the densest neighborhoods. Low density areas in New York? A whopping 1.1% are in historic districts; 98.9% are not."...

.."Finally, Beyer, along with other preservation critics, seems to be stuck in the historic preservation of the 1970s. First, they are for designating buildings based on grand architectural character but think buildings “that aren’t distinctive” and “uninteresting” and should be razed. It was preservationists’ recognition that our cities’ histories are incorporated into more than just the buildings of rich, dead, white guys that led to a much broader and more diverse set of criteria of what merits protection.

Second, the article ends with this: “The idea of putting historic status around whole districts…is straight out of the top-down planning playbook.” Even a most cursory examination of the reality of historic preservation would have shown the author that today in most American cities (including New York if he would have but asked), local historic districts are only created when local residents ask that the quality and character of their neighborhood be protected—the polar opposite of top-down planning.

We at PlaceEconomics are all for Market Urbanism. And historic preservation is market urbanism at its best"

Don Rypkema of PlaceEconomics response to a recent article in Governing.

SOHO as a 501c3 non-profit is not at liberty to endorse candidates, but we do strongly encourage you to learn all you ca...
10/06/2020
Town Hall: Mayoral Candidates Address the Future of Balboa Park

SOHO as a 501c3 non-profit is not at liberty to endorse candidates, but we do strongly encourage you to learn all you can about which candidates (not just the mayoral) care about historic preservation and conservation.

Friday, October 9 at 5 PM the Mayoral candidates discuss Balboa Park.

During a virtual town hall, mayoral candidates Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry will address the future of Balboa Park. The conversation will be moderated by Voice of San Diego CEO and Editor in Chief Scott Lewis and hosted by Friends of Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Conservancy.

Watch live, or watch at your convenience on YouTube any time after the event.

Mayoral candidates Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry will address the future of Balboa Park.

This Egyptian style bungalow court at 3772 Park Blvd, is quite a unique survivor for San Diego. Designated in 1991, the ...
10/05/2020

This Egyptian style bungalow court at 3772 Park Blvd, is quite a unique survivor for San Diego. Designated in 1991, the Egyptian Courts Apartments illustrates technological innovation developed after WWI and due to the uncovering of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 created the Egyptian Revival of the 20s and 30s worldwide.
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"Grand columns, representing bundled papyrus, flank the entrance to the courtyard of the Egyptian Court apartments. Symmetrical designs, architectural elements, and garden plantings are typical of Egyptian Revival"

1954 Photo by Harold Allen
Courtesy Ryerson & Burnham Archives

More recent image courtesy The Flame Apartments

The Del Mar Historical Society and Dunham House Campaign Committee want to thank Dunham House owner Chris Huber, the Win...
10/03/2020
Dunham House finds permanent home at San Dieguito Heritage Museum - The Coast News Group

The Del Mar Historical Society and Dunham House Campaign Committee want to thank Dunham House owner Chris Huber, the Winston School for their offer to keep the Dunham House in the historic heart of Del Mar, architects Dean Meredith and Jennifer Johnson, contractor Kevin Vint, house mover Garth Fitz-Henley, SOHO’s Amie Hayes and Del Mar Deputy Mayor Terry Gaasterland for their support.

The group now wants to find a home for the other historic Jacob Taylor cottage, the Alvarado-Levi House, which has been “temporarily” parked at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for more than 30 years, awaiting its promised return to Del Mar.

DEL MAR — History lovers have come together to save the Dunham House. After touring the historical home and learning more about its significance as the last remaining house on 10th Street, built by Del Mar founder Jacob Taylor in 1885, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum board voted to accept the his...

A lot has happened in the ten years since our 40th Anniversary - this shortened version of the full-length documentary p...
09/27/2020

A lot has happened in the ten years since our 40th Anniversary - this shortened version of the full-length documentary produced for SOHO's 40th Anniversary in 2009 by Dan Soderberg chronicles SOHOs influential history from 1969 through 2009.
HERE for the Video: http://www.sohosandiego.org/video/sohostory.htm

It notes how SOHO has evolved, keeping pace with the passage of time, the environmental movement, redevelopment cycles, and natural disasters. What began as a small group committed to saving Victorian houses is now one of the largest such organizations in California, one that champions and illuminates the value and significance of all of San Diego County's historic sites and cultural landscapes.

Dan Soderberg, SOHO board member is a UCLA-trained filmmaker and he spent nearly a year interviewing SOHO members and staff for the documentary. He also researched the group's four decades of achievements through archives, libraries, and hundreds of photographs. "There is no one SOHO story. There are many stories and all of them are compelling," Dan said, "SOHO people tend to devote every ounce of their being to the cause, so it was a challenge to pick the stories to tell."

This 1922 cutie needs a preservation-minded buyer!
09/26/2020
3226 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 | Compass

This 1922 cutie needs a preservation-minded buyer!

3226 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 is a single family home listed for sale at $419,000. This is a 1-bed, 1-bath, 494 sqft property.

Election Information:November 3, 2020 Presidential General ElectionGovernor’s Executive Orders (N-64-20 and N-67-20) are...
09/23/2020

Election Information:
November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election
Governor’s Executive Orders (N-64-20 and N-67-20) are in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and provide direction to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure, and accessible manner during the 2020 Presidential General Election.

What does this mean for you?

All active registered voters in California will receive a ballot in the mail. Find out more HERE:
https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en/elections/election_information.html

48 Architectural Tours from 1969 through 2006 have been digitized for your interest and as a resource!For more than 50 y...
09/22/2020

48 Architectural Tours from 1969 through 2006 have been digitized for your interest and as a resource!

For more than 50 years, our educators, volunteer docents, and events and program staff have shared the stories of San Diego's architecture with thousands of San Diegans and visitors while proceeds have always gone to support our educational mission.
#sdmuseumsathome

GO HERE: http://www.sohosandiego.org/tourbooklets/index.htm

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)Statement on a Critical and Open Examination of History"Hist...
09/20/2020
AASLH Statement on a Critical and Open Examination of History

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)Statement on a Critical and Open Examination of History
"History is powerful. The rigorous, inclusive, and relevant work being done by history professionals and historical organizations across our country is essential to a thriving democracy. AASLH is committed to upholding the standards of our field and to defending the work of our colleagues across the history enterprise."

https://aaslh.org/aaslh-examination-of-history-statement/?fbclid=IwAR2kq01VyMa1OGHRYu5p0v_2Co3jbEGDpS2dqO8fZpqSoal0OElcjenNATg

Free societies demand honest, open, and critical engagement with the past. When government restricts what history professionals should study or polices how historians should interpret and teach the past, it threatens the right and the duty of Americans to understand fully the nation’s

Podcast Tours-Available on the Mission Hills Heritage website!Visit MissionHillsHeritage.org to download your selections...
09/18/2020

Podcast Tours-Available on the Mission Hills Heritage website!

Visit MissionHillsHeritage.org to download your selections from our menu of podcasts to listen to on your phones while walking each defined route.

L'Shanah Tovah friends, to all who celebrate!May this New Year be sweet, healthy, and happy.
09/18/2020

L'Shanah Tovah friends, to all who celebrate!
May this New Year be sweet, healthy, and happy.

In case you missed this in your SOHO eNews:Demolition Update: Chase Bank, Pacific Beachhttp://sohosandiego.org/enews/092...
09/17/2020
Demolition Update: Chase Bank, Pacific Beach

In case you missed this in your SOHO eNews:
Demolition Update: Chase Bank, Pacific Beach
http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0920chase.htm

SOHO learned about the intended demolition of the Millard Sheets-designed Home Savings and Loan building, now Chase Bank, early this summer. The bank wants to build a new branch on the site, 4650 Mission Bay Drive, and accommodate a generic fast-food restaurant with drive-thru service. But these pla...

Del Mar's Historic Dunham House to be Relocated
09/16/2020
Del Mar's Historic Dunham House to be Relocated

Del Mar's Historic Dunham House to be Relocated

The only Victorian era cottage to remain within the historic heart of Del Mar, this c.1885 home was built by Jacob Shell Taylor, the founder of Del Mar, for $600 and still occupies its original site, 119 Tenth Street. Taylor developed the Casa Del Mar hotel and resort in addition to the city's first...

If you know of a historic resource that is threatened with demolition or excessive alteration, please let us know by sub...
09/15/2020
2020 Most Endangered List of Historic Resources

If you know of a historic resource that is threatened with demolition or excessive alteration, please let us know by submitting this form, due October 1!

In bringing attention to threatened buildings, sites, and places, SOHO's Most Endangered List has raised awareness countywide and resulted in many success stories.

“As individuals, the historic environment enriches our lives. It provides an emotional connection, it is a focus for sha...
09/12/2020

“As individuals, the historic environment enriches our lives. It provides an emotional connection, it is a focus for shared experiences. It is a source of pride and identity.
As a society, understanding our heritage helps make sense of our place in the world. It helps create a sense of familiarity and belonging, bringing communities together and connecting us to our shared past, in all its diversity.”-Historic England

Images courtesy Garden Communities CA and Neighborhoods.com

Due to its unique location and historical development, the cultural influences in Tijuana's Modern architecture are regi...
09/11/2020
Tijuana's Modernism

Due to its unique location and historical development, the cultural influences in Tijuana's Modern architecture are regionally and nationally inspired.

Developing a historic context for Tijuana's Modernist architecture is not easy. Unable to keep pace with urban planning, the city's rapid and erratic growth has led to development patterns and stylistic trends dispersed throughout the city, making them difficult to identify and interpret. However, w...

A post COVID-New York looks to Historic preservation for the answers. “Reality and Recovery: Historic Preservation in Ne...
09/11/2020
Reality and Recovery: Historic Preservation in New York City - New Report and Online Discussion | New York Landmarks Conservancy

A post COVID-New York looks to Historic preservation for the answers.
“Reality and Recovery: Historic Preservation in New York City” VIEW THE REPORT at the link.
Preservation will play a key role in New York’s recovery, in the same way it has through previous crises. As New Yorkers start reopening the City, the Landmarks Conservancy presents an update to the economic impacts of preservation.

Preservation will play a key role in New York’s recovery, in the same way it has through previous crises. As New Yorkers start reopening the City, the Landmarks Conservancy is pleased to present an…

URGENT PRESERVATION ACTION REQUESTED! Please take a minute and send an email to Mayor Faulconer, asking him to abide by ...
09/11/2020

URGENT PRESERVATION ACTION REQUESTED!

Please take a minute and send an email to Mayor Faulconer, asking him to abide by the wishes of the Kensington community by directing staff to reconsider the designation of the remaining trees as Heritage Trees and designate them as such.

Remind him that the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group’s Historic Review Subcommittee met on January 7, 2020, and, and voted unanimously to support the nomination of the trees as Heritage trees. The full Kensington Talmadge Planning Group voted overwhelmingly on February 12, 2020, to recommend designation of the trees as Heritage Trees. The community has voiced their support in our publicly-noticed meetings and we desire to protect the remaining healthy pepper trees. All of them!
Phone: (619) 236-6330
Email: [email protected]

Last week the Chair of the Ken-Tal Planning Group received a letter from the City stating that they are about to remove 4 of our historic pepper trees. One tree at the corner of Monroe and 42nd Street, and the 3 trees across from the Kensington Community Church in the 4700 block of Marlborough Drive are about to be cut down. This morning the “No Parking – Tree Trimming” signs went up.

We had previously submitted to the City a detailed assessment of the health of these trees done by Sam Oludunfe, the City Forester for the City of Chula Vista. In his report he identified one tree on Marlborough that has deteriorated to the point of needing to be removed, and the tree on Monroe needs to have a large limb overhanging the sidewalk removed. Otherwise, the trees are still sound and stable and have 30 – 40 years of life left in them, according to Mr. Oludunfe. A Bachelor of Science (Forestry) degree holder, Sam’s qualifications include graduation from the Society of Municipal Arborists’ Municipal Forester Institute, and graduation from the American Society of Consulting Arborists' Consulting Academy. Moreover, Sam holds the International Society of Arboriculture’s Certified Arborist, Certified Arborist Utility Specialist, Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist, and Tree Risk
Assessment Qualification credentials. He is also a Certified Park and Recreation Professional by the National Recreation and Park Association.

Both of our lawsuits are still at the appeals court, and we are out of legal options for fighting the removal. Unless someone wants to step up and file a new lawsuit and request a restraining order…

We submitted a Public Records Act request this week, asking for data on how many trees the City removes each year. The City has been reporting how many they are planting, in order to reach the goal outlined in their Climate Action Plan. But they are less than forthcoming about how many they are removing, and why. We believe they are solely concerned about liability, and not concerned at all about the impact of these tree removals on the climate and on historic landscapes. We also asked for data regarding how many Conserve-a-Tree submissions they have received, and how many they have approved. There is some evidence that the current City Arborist has stopped processing any submissions and is denying all attempts to have trees designated as Heritage Trees, despite Council Policy 900-19.

Please take a minute and send an email to Mayor Faulconer, asking him to abide by the wishes of the Kensington community by directing staff to reconsider designation of the remaining trees as Heritage Trees and designate them as such. Remind him that the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group’s Historic Review Subcommittee met on January 7, 2020, and, and voted unanimously to support the nomination of the trees as Heritage trees. The full Kensington Talmadge Planning Group voted overwhelmingly on February 12, 2020, to recommend designation of the trees as Heritage Trees. The community has voiced their support in our publicly-noticed meetings and we desire to protect the remaining healthy pepper trees. All of them!

Phone: (619) 236-6330
Email: [email protected]

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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
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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.