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amazement of the prolific nature of memorabilia and countless questions to our collectors. Three of the collectors, Bruce Coons, Erik Hanson, and Christopher Pro, were on hand much of the weekend to answer questions. Our ephemera docents did a great job as well. Thanks to all of the aforementioned collectors along with David Marshall, David Swarens, and Vykki Mende Gray. We know a lot of time was put forth, and their efforts were appreciated.

Saturday night’s historic home tour capped our weekend’s new events! The evening home tour was comprised of three homes in Mission Hills, all within a short walk of each other. It was a success by all counts. As tour goers William Doyle and Lawrence Ko commented, "Wow, to see these homes at night is so different. It is just magical!" The immense full moon certainly enhanced that feeling, prompting more than one guest to say that SOHO had provided the ultimate accessory for the evening! This tour was in benefit of the Mission Hills/Ft. Stockton proposed historic district, and SOHO was proud to sponsor this event in support of their efforts.

Sunday’s grand finale historic home tour was a very grand finale indeed! Visitors were taken with the variety of homes and with homeowners’ individual styles. The home of Rich Bellows and wife Erin Matthews was testimony to the charming results that can be accomplished through a major hands-on restoration. With spectacular canyon views and five floors to stroll through, the English Craftsman-style home on Lyndon Road was a real favorite for many. The wonderful Mission Revival on Ft. Stockton, the Spanish Revival on Altamirano, which featured a cathedral ceiling and original tiled stairway to the balcony over the living room, were much admired. The Japanese-inspired garden and architectural details at the Trias Street bungalow and the magnificence of the architect-designed Spanish Revival mansion on Miller Street provided counterpoints to the range of design and details to be found in San Diego. It was a great tour with both styles of Craftsman and Spanish Revival well represented. We thank all of our homeowners for allowing us to showcase their beautiful homes.

Interior of one of the Craftsman homes on the Historic Home Tour

As our members are well aware, it takes many dedicated volunteers to carry off such an event. 130 volunteers! That’s what it took to make the weekend the great success it was. How do we say thank you enough? Volunteers, please know that you truly are the reason SOHO can accomplish so much. Thanks also go to our wonderful staff and supportive board of directors.

By adding new events and expanding popular features, the Craftsman-Spanish Revival Weekend appealed to an even larger group of old house enthusiasts who appreciate the need to protect and celebrate these fine examples of San Diego’s architectural heritage. Thank you to all that attended. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and your support aids SOHO in meeting our goal of preservation through education. Thank you!

Note: For those of you who want to get even more involved, the Craftsman-Spanish Revival committee is a sub-committee of our Events & Education committee. This sub-committee needs a few more volunteers who can dedicate the time for monthly meetings and who can also take leadership roles during the weekend itself. If you are interested, let us know.

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INCENTIVES! Cliffs Notes for Tax

Center Deems & Martin c.1964

KEITH YORK Originally photographed by Julius Shulman. This building has already been re-painted in the wrong color, landscaping destroyed, lobby-level garden and water feature destroyed, and now the renovations. Very sad. Deems Lewis & Martin were likely (next to Hope, Wheeler, and Sadler) the best modernist firm in San Diego that

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Credits April brings showers - and thoughts of taxes. If you've ever wondered what it takes to qualify a historic building rehab project for a Federal tax credit but been daunted by the complexity, a new tool can help you out.

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building owners, and preservation submitting consultants,

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application forms,

documentation requirements, timing, reviews, and the overall decision-making process, and explains how to use the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

Reprinted from Heritage News, monthly e-newsletter published by the National Park Service,

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