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National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Visits San Diego

Preserving Historic Places in Parks was the focus of a three-day Western Preservation Leaders Meeting in April, in partnership with the NTHP Western Office, SOHO, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, California State Parks Foundation and San Diego County Parks and Recreation.

About sixty preservation leaders and professionals from eight western states gathered to examine preservation successes and ongoing threats to historic resources during a series of panel discussions and tours of San Diego.

Western preservation leaders touring the historic Warehouse District.

A portion of the conference focused on historic preservation in state parks and preservation's essential role in fighting global warming. Tours covered a wide span of San Diego's preservation projects, including the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town, currently undergoing it's extensive restoration, and the newly restored Balboa Theatre. The downtown Warehouse District was the topic of a presentation and tours, as was Chicano Park's nationally significant collection of murals, and of course our great city park, Balboa Park was featured.

Special thanks to SOHO members who played a large part in the successful event, Anthony Block, Vykki Mende Gray, Mike Kelly, David Marshall, Marty Rosen, and David Swarens. We thank State and County park staffs, along with Whaley House Museum staff, and a very special word of appreciation for the planning and implementation prowess of Hugh Rowland and Anthony Veerkamp of the Western region office of the NTHP, which completed the picture of cooperation and work ethic that made this program so outstanding.

2008 - Volume 39, Issue 1/2


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From the Editor

The Balboa Theatre - Anatomy of a Restoration
The Balboa Theatre - An 18-year redevelopment battle

Survivors of San Diego's Theatrical Past

Professional Theater Comes to San Diego

Googie: An Architectural Link to San Diego's Midcentury Culture

North Park's Neon

A General Plan of Destruction

Unearthing Long-Buried Whaley House Cistern

Preservation Community


Lost San Diego

Strength in Numbers

Donations 2007-2008


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