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University House/Chancellor's House
Saved from Demolition!
After four years of community protest UC San Diego has withdrawn their plan to demolish the 56-year-old chancellor's house, known as the University House. University officials announced that demolition is no longer part of the plan and instead that they will be pursuing a renovation and rehabilitation plan.
"There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building here and there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody." - Richard Moe, President National Trust for Historic Preservation
Fortunately, the Native American community took the lead and fought the plan from the start, noting the sacred Indian burial site underneath. They not only funded their own legal action but also provided funds for the designation report. The La Jolla Historical Society also took a vocal stand and commissioned the successful report that got the site placed on the National Register of Historic Places. SOHO provided both legal and consulting assistance, funded our own legal action, and added our expert testimony to the hearings.
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