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HISTORY OF SOHO - THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS

Twenty Years of Preservation Efforts in San Diego - 1978
By Kathleen Flanigan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Pat Schaelchlin
Vice President Harry Evans
Vice President of Education Donna Regan
Vice President of Government Affairs Nicholas Fintzelberg
Secretary Ted Foley
Treasurer Cia Brown
Carole Collier Frick (Alternate)
Julie Johnson Hardie (Alternate)
Joe Jones (Alternate)
Claire Kaplan
Matt Potter
Dick Reed
Marc Tarasuck
Mary Ward

Architect, Marc Tarasuck, 1977-78 President, worked hard with his fellow members to procure the Senlis Cottage, now SOHO's headquarters, for Heritage Park. The 1890's structure, originally located at 1536 2nd Avenue, sheltered many of San Diego's "common folk." Property owner, Will Hippen, Jr., gave the building to SOHO, but the group had to raise $6,250 to move it to the park.

In early 1978, a flyer flooded the community. It said, "On the move - saves again - but we need your help!" The $6,250 cost was boldly imprinted on the sheet and readers were encouraged to "Please accept this opportunity to be a vital part in the preservation efforts of by saying - Yes!! I want to help move a building to Heritage Park." Thanks to the relentless efforts of Mary Ward, coupled with tremendous community support, donations flowed into the coffers, and the Senlis Cottage made its way to the preserve on March 1, 1978. Rehabilitated in 1979, the structure provides two front rooms for the office and public restrooms for park visitors in the rear.

SOHO staged a "Summer Affair" on August 26, which included a tour and reception at the historic Long-Waterman house. The group focused attention on the restoration undertaken by owner-occupant and preservationist, John Parker of Parker Industries.

The annual tour, held on November 4, accentuated Golden Hill and Sherman Heights properties, with viewed architectural styles ranging from "Colonial Revival through Victorian to farm houses and bungalows." Buses departed from the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park and took the curious to the Hayward-Patterson, Frost, and Rynearson residences, all on Broadway, the James Scripps mansion on 28th, and the Villa Montezuma and the Livingston residence on J Street.

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ABOUT SOHO

HISTORY OF SOHO
- THE FIRST 20 YEARS

Preface | Beginnings | 1969

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974

1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984

1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

- THE SECOND 20 YEARS

Four Decades of Historic Preservation
in San Diego County

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