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.

Operating as usual

Visitors to the San Diego Zoo are familiar with the antics of seals and sea lions at the Wegeforth Bowl, named for Dr. H...
03/22/2021

Visitors to the San Diego Zoo are familiar with the antics of seals and sea lions at the Wegeforth Bowl, named for Dr. Harry Wegeforth, founder of the San Diego Zoological Society and the Zoo itself.

Dr. Wegeforth’s home was commissioned by his father-in-law and designed in the "Gill-style” by Louis Gill, nephew of Irving Gill (who may have had his uncle's assistance in the design), in 1916. According to Wegeforth's sons, the home was ahead of its time, featuring solar panels, trap doors to access plumbing, and—surely to the delight of the housekeeper—a full in-house vacuum cleaning system! The residence at the corner of Maple Street & Second Avenue is now the headquarters of the Junior League of San Diego.

The 1916 and contemporary images of the house courtesy of the Junior League of San Diego.

Most San Diegans are no doubt familiar with the Tudor-inspired stone cottage with blue trim at the corner of Hawthorne a...
03/20/2021

Most San Diegans are no doubt familiar with the Tudor-inspired stone cottage with blue trim at the corner of Hawthorne and Albatross Streets as you drive past to access the on-ramp to I-5 North. You've probably wondered what it looks like inside, but do you know the fascinating history of the designer and residents it was built for?

The "Granite Cottage" was designed by the firm of Hebbard & Gill in 1900 for Waldo Waterman (son of California Governor Robert Waterman) and his wife, Hazel Wood Waterman. Hazel began working for Irving Gill and William S. Hebbard as a draftsperson and became a renowned architect, especially known for her design for the Wednesday Club and her work in the restoration of the Estudillo house in Old Town San Diego.

Pictured is an early interior image of the cottage, courtesy SDHC.

This is wrong in every way. We are both sickened and saddened."The tree that had been standing in front of 4772 Marlboro...
03/17/2021

This is wrong in every way. We are both sickened and saddened.

"The tree that had been standing in front of 4772 Marlborough Drive for 110 years was solid all the way to its roots. It was the poster child for a healthy tree.

The middle tree had some issues with one side which could have been corrected by a competent arborist.

The third tree, which our arborist thought should be removed, had some significant hollowing but was still within the parameters of being structurally sound."- Maggie McCann

Pardon my choice of adjectives, they are not the ones that are in my head. The nice, intelligent City Arborist and his artful crew of workers from West Coast Arborists appeared suddenly this morning around 10 AM and started swinging chainsaws. Mari heard the commotion from her classroom in the preschool, alerted Harmon, and he went running. As he headed for a position under a tree, a worker ran up to the tree and gleefully sliced through a branch. In no time the faithful patriots had killed all three 110 year old California Pepper trees along Marlborough Drive.

The brave workers brought a City police officer with them, in case the old white people of Kensington gave them any trouble.

As we gathered around the remains of the tree that had been standing in front of 4772 Marlborough Drive for 110 years, we noted to Brian Widener that the trunk was solid all the way to the roots. His clever response was, "Look at the mushrooms!"

A truly historic event! "As thousands of Native Americans watched online, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was confirmed as sec...
03/16/2021
American Cultural Resources Association - ACRA

A truly historic event!

"As thousands of Native Americans watched online, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department by a 51 to 40 vote in the Senate, making her the first American Indian to lead an agency that manages a vast portfolio of federal land and the oil and mineral wealth that lies beneath it."

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"As thousands of Native Americans watched online, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department by a 51 to 40 vote in the Senate, making her the first American Indian to lead an agency that manages a vast portfolio of federal land and the oil and mineral wealth that lies beneath it."

Free to SOHO members, come enjoy virtual yoga with Mary Jones. Connect with us in the surroundings of your own home! Yog...
03/15/2021
Virtual Live Yoga for SOHO members

Free to SOHO members, come enjoy virtual yoga with Mary Jones. Connect with us in the surroundings of your own home! Yoga with Mary will give you a little time each week to breathe, reflect, and connect even during a time when we need to continue to practice safe distancing. Our hope is that this will allow us all to connect with each other while learning or maintaining a yoga practice until we can be together again at our museums and events.

http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0321yogawithmary.htm

Free to SOHO members, come enjoy virtual yoga with Mary Jones. Connect with us in the surroundings of your own home!

What an exciting find!
03/15/2021
NBC 7 San Diego

What an exciting find!

An Encinitas gift store has been a staple among San Diegans for over 30 years, and when the owner decided to remodel the place, she found a hidden gem on a wall. http://on.nbc7.com/0ld8lh4

Today marks one year of our museums and historic sites closing their doors. On March 13, 2020, along with arts and cultu...
03/14/2021

Today marks one year of our museums and historic sites closing their doors. On March 13, 2020, along with arts and culture organizations across the nation, SOHO made the decision to close our historic sites and cancel all programming and events out of concern for the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and communities due to the coronavirus.

Even though it has been a challenging year, it was also filled with new opportunities to learn and to do some things differently. We are grateful to the community and to our much smaller staff for their incredible perseverance, hope, and support.

We look forward to welcoming all of our guests, and our members back through our doors, soon.

In the meantime, stay safe and be well.
On behalf of all of us at SOHO.

Image courtesy THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel.

Tijuana's Oldest Buildings & SitesBy Maria E Curry for Our Heritage eNewsMarch/April 2021"Tijuana's oldest standing hist...
03/13/2021
Tijuana's Oldest Buildings & Sites

Tijuana's Oldest Buildings & Sites
By Maria E Curry for Our Heritage eNews
March/April 2021

"Tijuana's oldest standing historic cultural resources date from the 1900s. They are Craftsman style houses and bungalows made of adobe, wood, brick, and plaster. Many were moved from San Diego through the Puerta Blanca, a gate formerly located close to the U.S. border where a cemetery is now."

More photos and information at the link.

http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0321mariatijuana.htm

Tijuana's oldest standing historic cultural resources date from the 1900s. They are Craftsman style houses and bungalows made of adobe, wood, brick, and plaster. Many were moved from San Diego through the Puerta Blanca, a gate formerly located close to the U.S. border where a cemetery is now.

There is now less than one month until the deadline to submit a nomination for SOHO’s annual People In Preservation Awar...
03/12/2021
People In Preservation Nominations Are Open

There is now less than one month until the deadline to submit a nomination for SOHO’s annual People In Preservation Awards!

Each year we recognize those in the community who have played an important role in saving and celebrating San Diego’s heritage. For decades, SOHO has awarded all kinds of projects from residential rehabs and adaptive reuse to cultural centers and historic landscapes. Submit your nomination today and help celebrate the region’s most distinguished leaders in historic preservation.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 5pm.
Click on the link for more info and the nomination forms.
http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0121pipnoms.htm

Historic homeowners and other preservationists have been known to use some of their pandemic-enforced down time to focus on restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects. This silver lining

"And then came the plight of the Gilbert House. I was drawing Terry and Dodie's building one afternoon when I noticed th...
03/11/2021

"And then came the plight of the Gilbert House. I was drawing Terry and Dodie's building one afternoon when I noticed that things looked out of order. “The City is moving us out, and they're going to tear down this old building.”

My brother and I hung a sign on the old building. All it said was “Save This House,” and included our phone number. I guess the rest is San Diego history. We were shocked at the calls: rich people, poor people, blacks, and whites; straight people, gay people, a whole cross-section of America. There was nothing we could do but have a meeting on a dreary, drizzly, Sunday afternoon. And they all came; all those divergent types. We drank hot cider, munched cookies, and moaned a lot. Homer Delawie said, “Let’s go look at that house.” We trudged up the street and came back, resettled ourselves in my old parlour. Our moans became, with one voice, a cry to arms. Again, it’s history. We saved the Gilbert, and we've since saved that house’s old friends; the Bushyhead House, the Christian House, and another whose name I can't remember, have all been moved, and sit, together again, down in Old Town. SOHO did it. And SOHO was born in my neighborhood, in the house where I live."-Robert Miles Parker.

Image of Miles c 1976

"Mary Marston wrote, "Incidentally Dr. Torrey was a cousin of Dr. Lewis C. Gunn, mother's father, which may have given o...
03/07/2021

"Mary Marston wrote, "Incidentally Dr. Torrey was a cousin of Dr. Lewis C. Gunn, mother's father, which may have given our family a slight feeling of proprietorship in Pinus torreyana!"

Did you know the origin of the name for our rare and unique Torrey pines? Dr. C.C. Parry was the official botanist of the Mexican Boundary Survey being conducted here in 1850 when he recognized the trees to be an undiscovered species of pine on the cliffs of the city's northern border. Parry named the tree Pinus torreyana after his teacher Dr. John Torrey at Columbia College, a cousin to the Marstons!

Mary Marston wrote, "Incidentally Dr. Torrey was a cousin of Dr. Lewis C. Gunn, mother's father, which may have given our family a slight feeling of proprietorship in Pinus torreyana!

Photo by Jill Hamilton, courtesy Sierra Club.

SOHO President's MessageBy David W. GoldbergMarch/April 2021When I joined SOHO in 1979, preservation seemed much simpler...
03/06/2021
SOHO President's Message, March/April 2021

SOHO President's Message
By David W. Goldberg
March/April 2021
When I joined SOHO in 1979, preservation seemed much simpler. The primary focus was on saving the dwindling number of late 19th-century Victorians. Then...

http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0321presmess.htm

When I joined SOHO in 1979, preservation seemed much simpler. The primary focus was on saving the dwindling number of late 19th-century Victorians. Then we became concerned that many Mission Revival, Craftsman, and Spanish style buildings constructed during the first three decades of the 20th centur...

While beloved house museums and interior sites remain closed, an alternative and safe option is to explore the Californi...
03/06/2021
Hit the Road: San Diego's State Scenic Highways

While beloved house museums and interior sites remain closed, an alternative and safe option is to explore the California State Scenic Highways.

http://sohosandiego.org/enews/0321cascenicroutes.htm

After a year cooped up inside, many of us are itching to get back out there and explore historic landmarks and history in person. While beloved house museums and interior sites remain closed, an alternative and safe option is to explore the California State Scenic Highways.

Twice widowed rancher, mother of twelve, and an entrepreneur, Doña Vicenta Sepúlveda de Yorba de Carrillo (1813-1907) wa...
03/05/2021

Twice widowed rancher, mother of twelve, and an entrepreneur, Doña Vicenta Sepúlveda de Yorba de Carrillo (1813-1907) was one of the most accomplished and wealthiest women of old California. Her impact on western expansion into San Diego County may now be experienced through SOHO's newest online exhibit, "250,000 Emigrants, the Overland Mail, and One Extraordinary Latina: The Warner-Carrillo Ranch House."
HERE:
http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0321wcrhexhibit.htm

#CelebratingWomensHistoryMonth #SanDiegosHistoricPlaces #FromRuinstoRescued

..."objections are in addition to complaints from historic preservationists that Home Depot plans to demolish the 64-yea...
03/04/2021
Home Depot proposed for Mission Valley faces opposition

..."objections are in addition to complaints from historic preservationists that Home Depot plans to demolish the 64-year-old Scottish Rite Center building, former site of the upscale Bowlero bowling alley."

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/story/2021-03-04/home-depot-proposed-for-mission-valley-faces-opposition

Nearby businesses are concerned about traffic, others are upset project would demolish historic Scottish Rite Center

Did you miss last week's Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Presentation on "Acknowledging Historic Black Landsc...
03/03/2021

Did you miss last week's Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Presentation on "Acknowledging Historic Black Landscapes and the 2021 HALS Challenge"?

The American Society of Landscape Architects has made a recording of the presentation available at NO COST at https://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=37491

Attention fans of HALS and historic landscapes!

Did you miss last week's Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Presentation on "Acknowledging Historic Black Landscapes and the 2021 HALS Challenge"? Then you're in luck!

Thanks to the generosity of the American Society of Landscape Architects, you can now watch a recording of the presentation on the #ASLA's Preservation Practice website at NO COST!

Watch the recording at https://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=37491

LEARN MORE about the 2021 HALS Challenge: Documenting Historic Black Landscapes at https://www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/HALS_Challenge.html

DOWNLOAD THE HALS CHALLENGE TEMPLATE to make formatting your short historical report a breeze at https://go.usa.gov/xsRW6 (.DOC file)

#AfricanAmerican #AfricanAmericanHeritage #BlackHistory
#HistoricBlackLandscapes #HistoricLandscapes #CulturalLandscaped #HALSnps #HALSChallenge #PreservationThroughDocumentation

Sierra Talks Online - The Shape of San Diego: How Our Landscape Formed."Mount Soledad, Mission Bay, Point Loma, Mission ...
03/03/2021
Sierra Talks Online - The Shape of San Diego: How Our Landscape Formed

Sierra Talks Online - The Shape of San Diego: How Our Landscape Formed.
"Mount Soledad, Mission Bay, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Diego Bay, Silver Strand, Kearney Mesa, and more combine to make San Diego unique. The varied coastline, former islands, the bays, mesas, hills, and mountains of San Diego all were created, and are maintained, by active geologic processes. San Diego was buried by a massive alluvial fan in Eocene time (56 to 34 million years ago), warped by regional tectonism, cut into and abandoned by rising and falling sea levels, distorted by active faulting, and healed by river and ocean waters depositing sediments. This pre-history of our region will be discussed in this talk."

https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000001kdMxAAI&mapLinkHref=

SIERRA TALKS VIRTUAL - Go to our page at 6:45pm at https://www.facebook.com/sierraclubsd/to starts on time at 7pm

Sharing this listing for one of San Diego counties greatest Victorian homes!Thanks for sharing with us https://www.faceb...
03/03/2021

Sharing this listing for one of San Diego counties greatest Victorian homes!

Thanks for sharing with us https://www.facebook.com/RyanBassRealEstate
tracibasshomes.com

Link HERE to see a full photo gallery:
https://www.cbhometour.com/700-S-Juniper-Street-Escondido-CA-92025/index.html

EDIT: the realtor has welcomed anyone to thier broker's open house, just mention SOHO. "the Brokers Open House on April 3rd from 3pm-7pm. Agents with potential clients and friends welcome, complimentary food and drinks. We are abiding by all COVID-19 before, during, and after the brokers open."

"We urge the mayor and City Council to take a constructive rather than reductive approach to the budget in this difficul...
03/03/2021
Create a Budget Around Our Aspirations, Not Our Limits - Voice of San Diego

"We urge the mayor and City Council to take a constructive rather than reductive approach to the budget in this difficult year. Instead of asking, “What must we cut?” let’s think about what we want to preserve and grow. Let’s be bold and unapologetic about our priorities and values and how we think we achieve them. Let’s be honest about what’s worked to make San Diegans’ lives better — and what hasn’t. "-Felicia Shaw, Makeda Cheatom and Micah Parzen

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/opinion/create-a-budget-around-our-aspirations-not-our-limits/

Let’s be honest about what’s worked to make San Diegans’ lives better — and what hasn’t.

"A century ago, buildings like the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Indianapolis could have many uses over their existence. T...
02/25/2021
As Buildings’ Life Spans Shrink, Developers Try to Adjust

"A century ago, buildings like the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Indianapolis could have many uses over their existence. Today, buildings have shorter lives"

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/business/as-buildings-life-spans-shrink-developers-try-to-adjust.html?fbclid=IwAR2p2lQxE8P4D8hdLVKgWDQP03IkckbJNcdgTXJjFaBcV00o6RaydeK8Szc

Industry experts are starting to take heed as disruptions from the pandemic and changing technological needs are hastening the demise of commercial real estate developments.

EDIT:  It was designated! Thank you for all your letters and calls!Additional Edit: Thanks as well to Alan Hess for his ...
02/23/2021

EDIT: It was designated! Thank you for all your letters and calls!

Additional Edit: Thanks as well to Alan Hess for his expertise, advice, and support!

Preservation Action Alert!
Your letters and calls are Needed!
Designate Mid-Century Icon at 550 Washington Street
READ THE ALERT HERE:
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Preservation-Action-Alert--Designate-Mid-Century-Icon.html?soid=1101889363559&aid=vBFf5yFXdZI
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550 Washington Street, Julius Shulman Photography. Courtesy J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

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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!!!
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!