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Urban Design/Project Review Subcommittee of the North Park Planning Committee meeting: 6 to 8 p.m., North Park Recreation Center/Adult Center, 2719 Howard Ave., 954-5588,, free.

San Diego Uptown News | March 4-17, 2011


The North Park Historic Society and local residents have worked hard to have The Dryden District—located on Pershing Avenue and 28th Street from Upas to Landis—become a historical neighborhood with the city. (Courtesy NPHS)

Preserving Dryden’s Arts and Crafts homes in the heart of North Park

The path to gaining historical legitimacy is gaining steam By Elena Buckley

SDUN Editorial Assistant

In North Park, situated on Per- shing Avenue and 28th Street, from Upas to Landis streets, reside 22 of David O. Dryden’s architecturally distinct Arts and Crafts era homes. The homes were built in the early turn of the 20th century from 1913 to 1918. Dryden’s honest use of heavy wood beams, natural mate- rials and low-pitched roofs made him a master of what has also been coined, the “Craftsmen” style. The houses range from bungalow to two-story and are nestled among 16 other homes designed by his contemporary, Edward F. Bryans. Starting in May of 2007, the

North Park Historical Society (NPHS) filed an application for the historical designation of the Dryden neighborhood with the city. Since then, field work has been completed, boundaries for the neighborhood have been set, property owners have been con- tacted and educated and the city is now taking it all into consideration. The proposed name for the

district is “The Dryden District,” though the NPHS’ Historical Re- sources Board is considering the


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name, “The Park View District.” During NPHS’ recent meeting

on Feb. 26, held in the Santa Fe Room at the Balboa Park Club, property owners in the proposed district were encouraged to pro- vide input, while NPHS members

enhancement, preserving the historic character, historic prop- erty legislative protection and possible state historic building code leniency.

The first Historical Resourc- es Board hearing is tentatively

What's new in North Park?

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, the North Park Historical Soci- ety will be conducting a walking tour of the Burlingame Histori- cal District. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of 32nd and Kalmia streets. This will be a docent led tour and discussion of 20-plus homes in the district. The tour is focused on the exte- rior of the homes only and there will be no access to the interiors of the homes. The cost of the tour is only $5 and covers about one mile and will last approximately 90 minutes.

presented benefits. The meeting concluded with a note that it will return for the Policy Committee meeting regarding additional re- view on March 14. The benefits suggested by dubbing this neigh- borhood a historic district range from protection against zoning changes and density increases, potential Mills Act benefits, such as tax

reductions, home value

scheduled for the end of April in order to review the nomination, with the designation hearing proposed for the end of May. Ac- cording to Steve Hon, president of NPHS, the matter “is in the city’s hands now, but things are finally moving along and progress is be- ing made.” Visit for more information and updates.u

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MAR. 8 “Do More and Hurt Less!” hand screening: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., learn treatment options at Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion Classroom B, 3075 Health Center Dr., (800) 827- 4277,, locally visit Scripps Mercy Hospital, 4077 Fifth Ave., free. Hillcrest Mardi Gras: 6 to 11 p.m., along University from Fourth to First Avenues with a VIP dance tent and performances by Wendy Ho, Lips and Paris Antonette Queen and the Go-go Dancers, tickets available at Urban Mo’s, 308 University Ave., Baja Betty’s, 1421 University Ave., Obelisk Bookstore, 1029 University Ave. and GSDBAfoun-, $15 general admis- sion and $50 for advance VIP tickets.

CCDC “Lifting the redevelop- ment cap” outreach meeting: 6 to 8 p.m., North Park Recre- ation Center, 4044 Idaho St.,, free.

PAC Redevelopment Project Area Committee meeting: 6 to 8 p.m., San Diego National Bank, 3180 University Ave., 236-6269,, free. Pajama storytime: 6:30 to 7 p.m., Mission Hills Library, 925 West Washington St., 692- 4910,, free. Art of Elan presents “ECHO:” 7 p.m., the Hib- ben Gallery at the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, 692-2081,, info@, $25 for non-mem- bers, $20 for members and $10 for students.

MAR. 9 “Lizards and Snakes: Alive!:” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 1, the San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, 232-3821,, adults $17, seniors $15, military, students and youths 13–17 $12, children 3-12 $11, and members are free. North Park Planning Commit- tee Public Facilities Subcom- mittee meeting: 6 to 7:30 p.m., North Park Recreation Center/Adult Center, 2719 How- ard Ave., 584-2496, dionneleigh- , free. North Park Main Street Board of Directors meeting: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., North Park Main Street office, 3076 Uni- versity Ave., 294-2501, npbid@, free.

MAR. 10

“Financing Your Business:” 9:30 a.m. to noon, SCORE Entrepreneur Center, 550 West C St., #550,, pre-registration $29, $39 at the door.

Arbor Day Tree Planting: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., plant ficus trees with School in the Park and San Diego High School at Morley Field, 2221 Morley Field Dr., bring your own shovel. Light refreshments provided. Marshall Crenshaw: 7:30 p.m., AMSD Concerts, 4650 Mansfield St., 303-8176,, $20.

MAR. 11

“Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them:” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., SCORE Entrepreneur Center, 550 West C St. #550, score-sand-, pre-registration $29, $39 at the door. Preschool storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Mission Hills Library, 925 West Washington St., 692- 4910,, free.

Mission Hills Farmer’s Mar- ket: 3 to 7 p.m., 4050 Falcon St., free.

“In Concert for Cancer:” 6:30 to 10 p.m., a contemporary jazz

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