HISTORY OF SOHO - THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS
Twenty Years of Preservation Efforts in San Diego - 1987
By Kathleen Flanigan
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Kathleen Kelley-Markham
Vice President Joy Higginbotham
Secretary/Treasurer Robin Webster
David Swarens (Alternate)
SOHO introduced a new series of workshops, "Old Home Restoration," under the direction of SOHO member, Robin Webster. The series introduced people to a myriad of topics, which included: the purchase of an older home, the research of its history, proper methods of restoration, and appropriate interior and landscape designs. The series was later followed by a more focused techniques workshop.
The new year witnessed the formation of a new SOHO subcommittee, the Art Deco/Moderne Society. The group, founded by individuals with strong interest in the Art Deco era, sought "to promote the appreciation and preservation of the characteristic art and architecture of the Art Deco period (1920's-1940's)." The active group identified and documented Art Deco structures within San Diego County. Then, they stimulated awareness and ultimate appreciation of this historic time period through talks and slide shows presented throughout the community.
SOHO co-sponsored the twelfth annual State Preservation Conference at the Hotel del Coronado from June 4-7. The group hosted a cocktail party for California Preservation Foundation award recipients as well as conducted historic San Diego neighborhood bus tours.
In December 1987, SOHO Board Member, Karna Webster, asked for organization support to assist with the historic designation of the Victorian, John Stannard-designed Julia Liffreing house located in El Cajon. Webster, at the request of teacher, Mary Ann Ostermeyer, who was willing to sacrifice her life savings to save this 1893 farmhouse, researched the structure and along with SOHO member presented their preservation plea to the County Historical Site Board. The owner, who wanted the land cleared for a subdivision, vigorously opposed historic designation. The Site Board declared the structure historic and its decision was appealed to the County Board of Supervisors, where as of October 1989, SOHO still awaits a final determination, although County Supervisor George Bailey has requested that the building be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. As this structure was only the second building to be brought forward to the Board of Supervisors under the new historic preservation ordinance, SOHO expended enormous time and energy emphasizing the merits of preservation to the Supervisors as well as the property owner.
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