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The Ranch House at Warner's

After nearly 100 years of deterioration the 1858 Vincenta Carrillo adobe at Warner's Ranch (Rancho Valle de San José) has begun its journey back to a state of preservation and restoration. This journey began when SOHO added the adobe to our Most Endangered list in 2000 and it was stated to be the "most important unprotected historic site in San Diego County." After reading this, The San Diego Foundation President and CEO, Bob Kelly asked Associate Vice President, Adrienne Vargas in Fund Services, to contact their donor base. This was successful and an anonymous donor came forward with $75,000.00 toward the effort. Vista Irrigation District (VID) on whose property the adobe is contributed another $75,000.00. Since then, County of San Diego historian Dr. Lynne Christenson, County Supervisor Bill Horn and others have raised the total to more than $300,000.00. This money has been used to complete stabilization and initial restoration of the house and timber frame barn. Ione Steigler of IS Architecture is leading the project along with team members Melvyn Green for structural engineering and general contractor Mark Sauer, Archeologist Steven Van Wormer, Susan Walter, Sue Wade and a host of volunteers are doing the archeological work.

This is a great beginning for this important building and site. It will take at least twice the amount of money raised to date to complete the restoration and implement the interpretive plan. We all are actively seeking funds to complete this extremely important project. Please help in any way you can.

For more information please contact Dr. Lynne Christenson at (619) 472-2734 or SOHO.

2005 - Volume 36, Issue 1

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