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Walking Tour of the Proposed Mission Hills Historic Districts

By Allen Hazard

Don a pair of your favorite walking shoes and join us for a sneak preview of the proposed Mission Hills historic districts on January 31, 2004. This will be an opportunity to observe firsthand what has excited one of San Diego's oldest communities! See and hear about the developments that shaped the community's past and about where it's headed. My wife Janet and I have been active proponents of the planned "Sunset Boulevard" Historic District, and I will be leading the walking tour.

The walk will take you by a variety of architectural styles: Craftsman, Spanish Revival, and Prairie, as well as other genres of the 1910s through the 1930s. This tree-lined neighborhood was first laid out by George Marston and John Nolan and influenced by Kate Sessions, among others. See some of Emmor Brooke Weaver's finest bungalows, a rare Mission Hills David Owen Dryden designed home, a recently restored Alexander Schreiber Prairie, and several homes by Morris Irving, a builder who built over 125 homes in Mission Hills during this period. The tour discussion will focus on the three proposed historic districts as tour-goers observe the rich variety of older homes and listen to a few stories and urban legends of yesteryear. The walking tour will cover the future historic districts of Sunset Boulevard, the Fort Stockton Trolley Line, and Arquello & Arden.

We will meet at Espresso Mio, 1920 Fort Stockton, on Saturday, January 31, 2004, at 1p.m., rain or shine. The tour is anticipated to last about 2 hours. Prices are $10 for SOHO members and $15 for non-members. For more information about the planned historic districts in Mission Hills and other neighborhoods, please visit the historic district link on the SOHO website at www.sohosandiego.org. Don't miss this special walking tour! Purchase tickets on site.

2003 - Volume 34, Issue 4

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