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San Diego Historical Society, Wayne Donaldson & Councilman Ralph Inzunza
Built in 1887, the Villa Montezuma was a private residence for renowned author, musician and spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Now, for the first time in over a century, the Villa has her original colors. The San Diego Historical Society, stewards of the Villa Montezuma, tasked the office of Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson with identifying and reapplying the original color scheme. In addition to brush-applied paint, the exterior restoration included re-glazing the windows, minor roof repairs, patching and replacing deteriorated wood, plaster repair, and lead paint abatement. It was a large financial commitment on the part of the Historical Society, and a grant made possible by Councilmember Ralph Inzunza.
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