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Some Like It Preserved

Eighth Annual SOHO Craftsman & Spanish Revival Weekend

By Allen Hazard, CSR Chairman

Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) is proud to sponsor the Eighth Annual San Diego Craftsman & Spanish Revival Weekend March 11 - 13. Last year was the first time that the Spanish Revival period was added to the annual Arts & Crafts Weekend. The result was a big smash hit and this year it figures to be the most exciting weekend yet.

The theme of the event is Some Like It Preserved, a word play on the popular 1959 film, Some Like It Hot, which was filmed at the Hotel del Coronado. The City of Coronado recently realized that to protect its outstanding collection of bungalows, Craftsman and Spanish Revival homes they would need to strengthen their existing preservation ordinance. This community is under siege from over development and overbuilt lots threatening the character and the very reason people choose to live there in the first place.

The weekend opens on Friday with two encore programs from last year's successful CSR Weekend: the Bungalow Court tour by the always-insightful Bonnie Poppe and a walking tour of Requa Spanish Revival homes in Coronado led by Requa expert Parker H. Jackson.

Preservation Workshops held in Coronado will welcome both SOHO members and Coronado residents at no cost.

The workshops include a Historic District Roundtable; a Mills Act panel with Senator Mills honoring us at the table; a timely lecture on How to tell if your house is historic; and a landscape lecture focusing on both Craftsman and Spanish Revival period landscapes.

Saturday morning will kick off at the CSR Headquarters, the Wonder Bread Bakery in the historic warehouse district in the East Village, which will feature exhibitors from across the country who offer the finest antiques, revival and contemporary merchandise. The Show & Sale is an extraordinary resource and opportunity to buy great collectibles for Arts & Crafts and Spanish Revival enthusiasts and collectors. Another encore performance will be the very popular exhibition of period ephemera from the private holdings of some of San Diego's most serious collectors. This exhibition will again feature architectural, decorative and San Diego-specific items. The always popular silent auction will start on Saturday and conclude the following day.

Saturday's lecture series will be highlighted by our keynote speaker, Eric Lloyd Wright. Mr. Wright is a Malibu based architect, who trained under his grandfather Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. Mr. Wright is currently involved as a consultant on both the preservation and restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright sites throughout America. This will be a rare opportunity to hear Mr. Wright as he discusses the work of his famous father and grandfather as well as his own work in continuing the Wright legacy.

Lectures by other noted experts will discuss several timely topics throughout Saturday. Speakers include Modernist architect, John Reed lecturing on Irving Gill. Mr. Reed grew up in Mission Hills and designed several important 1950's Modernism homes in Point Loma and was one of the first to advocate saving Gill homes in the 1950's. David Bricker, well known authority on the ranch house in America and Cliff May will focus on San Diego's contribution, and Parker H. Jackson will round out the architects series with a film done by Requa and speak on his works.

The final event for an exciting Saturday will be a social mixer, which will be an opportunity to meet the speakers and homeowners along with other preservation enthusiasts while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and wine in a festive evening atmosphere.

The most anticipated event is always the Historic Home Tour, which will be held on Sunday in Coronado and feature seven historic homes. The Old Town Trolley will shuttle people to and from the homes and venue or you may as always drive yourself. A program will accompany your home tour ticket with maps and details of the weekend.

This weekend is co-sponsored by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine and Style: 1900 magazine. It is with the wonderful help of fine companies such as these that SOHO is able to present such a high-quality event. We look forward to seeing you during this exciting weekend! Make your reservations now.

2005 - Volume 36, Issue 1

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