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Sikes Adobe - 1869. Severely damaged. Sikes Adobe engulfed in flames early in the morning on October 26. The 1870's wood section is completely gone and only its adobe walls are left standing. Plans for stabilization are currently underway, restoration of the adobe section and reconstruction plans will follow. Photo ©Scott Ressler Photography.
This group of homes and farms nestled into the San Pasqual valley was one of the most picturesque and the largest intact examples of San Diego's late nineteenth century rural heritage. You may recall the photos of this beautiful landscape from the Winter 2007 issue of Our Heritage magazine where it was highlighted as one of San Diego's greatest surviving cultural landscapes. This was a place where you could truly experience a lost era.
The 19th century farmsteads and complimentary buildings were in public ownership by the City of San Diego, but already in peril before the fire. Ignoring their own ordinance of demolition by neglect, the city not only allowed these structures to deteriorate but they also allowed the TV show Renegade to graffiti the historic adobe school house, though listed on SOHO's most endangered list. The city didn't even bother to have the film company return it to its pre-graffiti condition.
John Clevenger House - c. 1872. Lost. This was the oldest house in San Pasqual valley.
Left Highland Valley Winery - 1919. Lost. Right San Pasqual Store - 1930's-40's. Lost. This country store was owned by the Peets, Haleys and others through the years, and also served as the community gathering place for over 60 years
Henry Fenton/Bandy Canyon Ranch - c. 1930's. Heavily damaged. With some cottages and outbuildings lost, the main house is under renovation now and the hope is to reopen it soon.
Though at least half of the historic buildings that made this place so special have been lost, this makes the remaining structures even more precious. The proper steps must be taken now to preserve what is left. Restoration of the adobe schoolhouse, the only one of its type in San Diego County, must begin immediately.This group of homes and farms nestled into the San Pasqual valley was one of the most picturesque and the largest intact examples of San Diego's late nineteenth century rural heritage. You may recall the photos of this beautiful landscape from the Winter 2007 issue of Our Heritage magazine where it was highlighted as one of San Diego's greatest surviving cultural landscapes. This was a place where you could truly experience a lost era.
Rockwood Ranch Barn - 1883. Lost. One of the last great ranch barns from the Victorian period in the county. The Ranch house escaped the fire's path, but is now being gutted after 100 plus years by its new owners, the Rodney Company.
Peet-Haley House - 1908. Lost. Mary Rockwood Peet was a historian and writer, and was married to dairy rancher Everett Peet in 1899. In the 1940's the home was owned by Jack Haley, the actor best known for his role as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.
Andrew Judson House - c. 1896-97. Lost. The Judson family has lived in and around this valley for well over 100 years.
John B. Judson House - c. 1880's. Lost. This elegant home served as a focal point for the community and acted as an informal post office for a time.
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