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Red Roost and Red Rest Bungalows

As if that threat to the very foundation of preservation law isn't disturbing enough, we now come to the last and perhaps the saddest situation among San Diego's endangered sites. SOHO's longest running battle concerns the 1894 Red Roost and Red Rest Bungalows, which stand on a hillside overlooking La Jolla Cove. These redwood, single-wall construction cottages are now recognized as forerunners of the influential California bungalow style. These two cottages were built when La Jolla was just beginning to court tourists and attract art colonies. SOHO has appealed to the owners to preserve these rare dwellings, through restoration and adaptive re-use, without success. We have found preservation buyers, but the owners refuse engagement. Compounding this serious legal offense is the "scofflaw" City Attorney's office, which has adopted a perplexing, do-nothing stance, ignoring the city's own codes and Historic Preservation Ordinance, which require weather-tight protection and maintenance, and weather protection. Nothing seems to deter the owners from the shameful and illegal action of demolition by neglect or incite the city's legal obligation to prosecute.

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