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HISTORY OF SOHO - THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS

Twenty Years of Preservation Efforts in San Diego - 1982
By Kathleen Flanigan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Cathy Grigsby
Vice President Mary Joralman
Vice President of Education Bruce Herms
Vice President of Government Affairs Michael Sullivan
Secretary Jan Kitchel
Treasurer David Goldberg
Alternate Bill Bolen
Eleanor Bolen
Clare Crane
Carol Heepke
David Hutchinson
Jerily Jones
Claire Kaplan
Gwen McFarland
Matt Potter
Diane Schade (Alternate)
Pat Schaelchlin(Alternate)
Pat Skidmore

Another SOHO train tour to Los Angeles took to the tracks on April 24. The price had risen considerably; $31 for SOHO members and $36 for non-members. The group visited the Avila Adobe, the oldest remaining residence in L.A., the Bradbury Building, the Palm Court of the Alexandria Hotel, and the Bonaventure Hotel.

During National Historic Preservation Week on May 8, SOHO staged a "Victorian Preservation Tour" and gala. The group offered two sixteen mile, three-hour bus tours which started at Heritage Park, as well as free tours of the park, a band concert, and an autograph signing party of books written by artist Robert Miles Parker and Victorian architectural historian, Karen Johl.

The seven-year battle between the Port District and preservationists over the San Diego Rowing Club came to a spectacular end in 1982. Chart House Enterprises purchased the property and set out to restore the eighty-three year old structure in June of that year. The building, that cost $2000 to construct in 1899, would undergo a $1.6 million rehabilitation. The years of hard lobbying with cities in the port district, state legislators, the California Coastal Commission, and national preservation organizations paid off.

The annual tour, held on October 23, featured Point Loma, another San Diego neighborhood. The bus and walking tour commenced with a slide show at Point Loma College, a walking tour of Madame Tingley buildings, as well as visits inside the Cliff Mansion and Sefton Estate. A drive through the Manasse and Schiller subdivision completed the event.

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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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