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Preservation Matters

The “endangered list”

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Preservation Matters | No Comments

By Ann Jarmusch | Preservation Matters Our precious historic parks and buildings are at grave risk, places that contribute to San Diego’s unique character and our cultural heritage. To combat this alarming situation, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), the region’s largest and most effective historic preservation advocacy group, recently released its 2016 list of “Eleven Most […]

Irving J. Gill, architect

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Features, Preservation Matters | No Comments

By Ann Jarmusch | Preservation Matters If you don’t know who Irving J. Gill was — and many San Diegans don’t —prepare to be impressed. He was a mostly self-taught architect who helped launch the modern movement here in San Diego County around 1907. Eleven museums and cultural organizations in the county and at UC Santa […]

The benefits of heritage tourism

Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Preservation Matters | No Comments

By Ann Jarmusch and Sarai Johnson | Preservation Matters Quick, what are your top three go-to places when out-of-town family or guests arrive and you want to give them an authentic San Diego experience? Chances are you’re going to head for a trendy dinner in the Victorian-era Gaslamp Quarter; a ballgame at Petco Park that […]

Honoring those who preserve our local history

By Ann Jarmusch | Preservation Matters May is special because it is National Historic Preservation Month. To celebrate, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) publicly recognizes outstanding achievement by remarkable preservationists countywide. While demolition battles abound, many San Diegans are doing right by our collective heritage. This year, 13 preservation projects and achievements are receiving prestigious honors in […]

Saving Horton Plaza Park

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Columnists, Preservation Matters, Top Story | 3 Comments

By Ann Jarmusch | Preservation Matters

When a construction fence comes down this month, the Horton Plaza Park fountain — one of Downtown San Diego’s gems — will be a bit closer to its long-awaited reawakening this spring.

Horton Plaza Park, at Fourth Avenue and Broadway, and its iconic domed fountain, tell a compelling preservation story that has stretched beyond a century, embracing decades of change, growth and public celebrations.

Meet the preservationists

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Preservation Matters | 1 Comment

By Ann Jarmusch | Preservation Matters Save Our Heritage Organisation began in 1969, when an artist named Robert Miles Parker posted a sign in front of an elaborate Victorian home. “Save this house,” it said, simply, but emphatically, kicking off SOHO’s preservation efforts that are approaching the half-century mark.