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Alana Coons
Communications Director

Ann Jarmusch

Sandé Lollis
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Jaye MacAskill
SOHO President's Monthly Message
By Jaye MacAskill
As Board President, I'm so happy to contribute to SOHO's monthly eNews, allowing me the opportunity to engage with our members, other fellow historic preservationists, community and business leaders, and decision makers. 

Since June is LGBTQ month, I'm reminded of our Lifetime Achievement Award winners at last month's People...Read more
Horton Plaza Grand Opening
Horton Plaza Park is one of San Diego's oldest and most treasured landmarks. On May 4, the renovated park reopened, with the 1910 fountain that Irving Gill designed as its centerpiece now beautifully and meticulously restored. Its dome glistens, its water jets arc and flow, and its nocturnal personality is bathed in colored lights. 

Westfield Horton Plaza, the mall's owner, created a large public gathering space adjacent to the historic park, with an amphitheater, food vendors and ArtsTix. People using these...Read
34th Annual PIP Award Winners
SOHO has honored People In Preservation for 34 years now. These prestigious awards are sought after by developers, government agencies and institutions as an endorsement of approval. Homeowners-and you know who you are!-view a Pip award as meaningful validation after investing years, sweat equity, and treasure in restoration projects...Read  more.
Events in June
Silent Sundays Film Series continues
at the Adobe Chapel Museum

Sally of the Sawdust (1925)
June 12 · 7:30pm
"Sally of the Sawdust is one of [D.W.] Griffith's more enjoyable films. While this has as much - or more - to do with its starring W.C. Fields in his first leading role, the film is also a showcase for Griffith's direction, making charming use of a good deal of beautifully pastoral location shooting that helps to give Sally an...Read more.
Don't Miss the Old House Fair · June 18 · 10am-4pm
Hip and historic South Park will really be hoppin' during the Old House Fair & Vintage Row on Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 4pm. This fun annual fair at 30th and Beech Streets offers a historic home tour, free street fair with exhibitors, artists and vendors, and a neighborhood walking tour.

As an Old House Fair sponsor, SOHO will return with our Ask the Old House Experts booth, always a lively hub. A variety of...Read more.
Los Cruzadores to Old Mexico
Saving the Caliente Mural June 18

Looking a fun, meaningful way to help save the Agua Caliente mural on the California Theatre's back wall in downtown San Diego? Los Cruzadores, a biking group that travels from San Diego to Tijuana, is organizing a cross-border ride on Saturday, June 18 to raise awareness about this endangered 1960s mural and two others. Bike or no bike, please come for a group photo to publicize the latest threats to the mural and the theater building. Meet at 1pm on the sidewalk...Read  more.
Searching for Tijuana's LGBTQ History
The history of the LGBTQ movement in Tijuana and the cultural resources associated with it has not yet been documented. This article is a start toward filling this major gap. 

Although there are no officially landmarked LGBTQ historic places in Tijuana, a downtown street known as Avenida Argüello with the El Ranchero Bar could be considered eligible for designation by the Baja California state government. In 1991, police raids on El Ranchero Bar and the now defunct bar Equipales, located in Calle 7ma, involved Mexican and...Read
Gill Architecture Guides Wanted
Calling all Irving J. Gill & historic architecture buffs

SOHO is expanding our tours that present the architecture of Irving J. Gill, San Diego's pioneering modernist. We're looking for volunteer guides to be trained in June and July to start public tours in September and later. 

New tours focus on the architectural details of the Marston House Museum inside and out. The house itself, designed by Hebbard & Gill, with mostly Gill hallmarks, is a tangible artifact of the master architect's work and doubles as a living history exhibition. We're
...Read more.
An Evening at the PIPs
For the first time, the formal garden at the Marston House Museum served as the picturesque venue for the 2016 People In Preservation Awards. Roses were in full bloom and twilight views across the canyon were impressive. Lavender blossoms of a jacaranda tree seemed to float above the teahouse. 

Round tables graced the lawn next to the teahouse, where photo boards for each winner were on display against
Most Endangered List Change of Date
For many years, SOHO announced our annual Most Endangered List of Historic Resources in May, National Historic Preservation Month. You didn't hear or read about the 2016 list last month because we're following the lead of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has moved its Most Endangered announcement to October. We think a united front will amplify this urgent message and heighten...Read more.
The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
Why Lilian Jennette Rice never became a household name in San Diego is a mystery! She should be considered with other leading historic figures like Kate Sessions, Irving Gill, and George Marston. In fact, Audrey Geisel, philanthropist and Dr. Seuss's widow, writes in her foreword to Diane Y. Welch's newest book, "Rice should be placed right along side Amelia Earhart and Georgia O'Keefe in national prominence!" 

Born into a prominent National City family in 1889, Rice...Read more.