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Marcy & Jeffrey Krinsk
Preserving the House that Jack Built

Marcy & Jeffrey KrinskOne of San Diego's finest examples of Modernist residential design was commissioned by the late Robert O. Peterson, founder of the Jack in the Box restaurant chain. He hired Russell Forester, the late architect and artist who also designed the earliest Jack in the Box hamburger stands. The 1965 estate on 1.7 acres overlooking San Diego Bay in Point Loma consists of a main house and multiple guest houses. The main house's split-level plan conforms to the naturally sloping lot. The majority of the buildings feature Asian pagoda-style roofs and walls of glass supported by redwood post-and-beam construction, while redwood decks and catwalks connect various elements. An immense amoeba-shaped koi pond, cascading water features and reflecting pools amid mature trees reinforce a strong connection with nature. Jeffrey and Marcy Krinsk purchased the estate in 2001 from Peterson's widow, Maureen O'Connor, the first female mayor of San Diego. By then, the deteriorating buildings were in desperate need of a major restoration. Largely unaware of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, they intuitively followed the spirit of these guidelines. If it were not for the owners' commitment to preserving a masterpiece of Modernist architecture, this estate in its rundown condition could have been lost.


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