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Dan Davey
Preservationist of the Year

Mixing Mission Revival and Prairie style influences on the exterior, the landmark Irving Gill Spec House #1/Peter Price House is considered to be one of the earliest examples of Irving Gill's New Architecture of the West. Arguably one of San Diego's most important early architects, Gill was an innovator who experimented with materials, techniques and new features on nearly all of his projects. Gill's spirit and philosophy is demonstrated throughout.

Since purchasing the property in 2002, Dan's intensive research and labor have led him to make many interesting discoveries, which he shares on an informative website to document the lengthy process and to help other owners better understand their Gill houses. He has painstakingly researched every aspect of the house's history, as well as its original landscaping, and he wrote the nomination report himself to have it listed on the local historical register. While much restoration work is still ahead on the interior, Dan has made major progress in returning the exterior to its original look. In addition to reversing later alterations such as inappropriate window replacements and awnings, he has also gone to great lengths to create a period-appropriate front yard using native plants known to have been preferred by Gill and San Diego horticulture pioneer Kate Session. On the interior, he has completed the delicate restoration of the living room with an exceptionally high level of authenticity, and he has since moved on to tackle other rooms with the same obsession for historical accuracy. SOHO commends Dan on all that he already has accomplished, and we look forward to seeing his future progress.

SOHO is pleased to honor Dan Davey with the 2008 Preservationist of the Year Award for the endless amount of passion and care that he devotes to the ongoing and painstaking hand restoration of his small South Park home.


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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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