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HISTORY OF SOHO - THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS

Twenty Years of Preservation Efforts in San Diego - 1983
By Kathleen Flanigan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Mary Joralman
Vice President Gwen McFarland
Vice President of Education Bruce Herms
Vice President of Government Affairs Michael Sullivan
Secretary Nancy Roberts
Treasurer David Goldberg
Bill Bolen
Eleanor Bolen
Cathy Grigsby
David Hutchinson
Karen Johl
Claire Kaplan
Judy McCutcheon
Diane Schade

SOHO members organized a "San Diego Back Country Tour" on March 26, from 8am to 5pm, through Ramona. Guy Woodward, curator of Ramona's Historical Museum gave visitors a glimpse into that area's past. The cost was $12 for SOHO members and $15 for non-members with buses departing from Heritage Park. The annual train tour on April 30, took members with buses departing from Heritage Park. The annual train tour on April 30 took members and others on a trip to Del Mar to view the Designer's Showcase house, the Del Mar Castle.

And, in 1983, SOHO hosted its first annual "People In Preservation" Awards and dinner, held during National Historic Preservation Week in May. The organization felt it was time to honor people who had "toiled long and hard to preserve, restore and rehabilitate historic structures." Tiffany's Restaurant in Heritage Park was the setting for the May 4 dinner, which featured guest speaker, former State Senator James Mills. Mary Joralmon, SOHO chair for the awards ceremony, acknowledged, "In the past, there has been recognition given to architects or structures themselves. I think it is time to tap those people who initiate that preservation-those who have all the headaches and hardship and do the actual work on their homes who muddled through and managed to emerge successfully." San Diego Union writer, Roger Showley, covered the award winners on the front page Sunday "Homes" section. He included photographs to illustrate the accomplishments as well as biographical sketches of the renovators. Showley, in fact, has meticulously covered the "People In Preservation" awards each year through 1989, always in the May Sunday newspaper edition which precedes National Historic Preservation Week.

The annual tour, "Footbridges to Fortunes," highlighted the Banker's Hill area. Not only were many residences well documented historically, but were nicely illustrated by SOHO artists in a compact book for paying participants. Five houses and one garden were open for view during the three-hour walking tour on October 23. Concerts by the City Guard Band and the Sun Harbor Chorus as well as an Art Show, Country Store and Antique Auto Display, accompanied 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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