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Red Roost and Red Rest Bungalows
La Jolla Cove

These 1894 redwood beach cottages are the last of a cluster of simple vacation cottages and an artists' colony built on a hillside overlooking La Jolla Cove. They are considered the forerunners of the Arts & Crafts bungalows that are still home to many in San Diego's older neighborhoods. The cottages' dismal fate of severe and illegal neglect has been the focus of SOHO's longest running preservation battle, stretching more than a quarter century. SOHO has tried negotiating with the owner for restoration or adaptive re-use, and appealed to the City of San Diego to enforce its own laws protecting historic resources. Nothing seems to deter the owners from their shameful and illegal strategy of "demolition by neglect." The city code requires the owners of unoccupied historic buildings to maintain them in "a manner that preserves their historical integrity." Yet, the ravages of time and weather coupled with intentional neglect have brought the Red Roost and Red Rest close to collapse, and the city has done nothing to effectively stop the demolition.

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Red Roost and Red Rest, c. 1975


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