Heidi & Deb Callahan
Irving J. Gill was early twentieth-century San Diego's most influential pioneering architect. It is indeed a time to celebrate when one of his well-designed buildings is preserved.
After functioning as an architectural office for over forty years, the Mission Revival Style house on Front Street that Irving Gill constructed between 1905 and 1906 has seen its share of remodeling and hard use. One of Gill's experimental low-cost housing projects, the design reflects what was one of his primary goals of improving the lives of the working class through architecture. Months of restoration have finally brought the interior back to its original glory and, as those of you who attended SOHO's Annual Home Tour in Bankers Hill this year will surely agree, it feels as warm and inviting as the architect would have intended over a century ago. In a year that saw the loss of one of Irving Gill's earliest works it is indeed a restoration to rejoice in; the house is once again a home and a beacon of hope that Gill's work is indeed treasured!
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