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Milford Wayne Donaldson Appointed as

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State Historic Preservation Officer

A long-time supporter of SOHO, Wayne Donaldson is a Lifetime Member of our organization and an ardent voice for historic preservation. On April 7, Wayne was appointed as State Historic Preservation Officer. SOHO believes Wayne to be the best person that could have been chosen for this position, and we are very pleased with the governor's choice.

Since 1978, Milford Wayne Donaldson has served as president of Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, a firm specializing in historic renovation and preservation and adaptive reuse of existing structures.

Mr. Donaldson's extensive experience includes the practice and the instruction of architecture. From 1976 to 1984, he was an instructor of architecture at Southwestern Community College. From 1972 to 1978, he was an associate architect for Moser Drew Watson, AIA, and from 1969 to 1970 he was an instructor in architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

He is licensed to practice architecture in California, Nevada, and Arizona. He holds a certified license from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is affiliated with several historical and preservation organizations including the Historic State Capitol Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Building Standards Commission, and the State Historic Resources Commission.

Mr. Donaldson holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He received a Master of Science in Architecture from University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a Master of Arts in History from University of California, San Diego.

Although San Diego stands to lose an architect who did much for historic preservation locally, the state gains a State Historic Preservation Officer with a wealth of experience, wide-ranging training and a demonstrated dedication to historic preservation. We congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in this new venture!

About the Position The State Historic Preservation Officer is responsible for the operation and management of the Office of Historic Preservation, as well as long range preservation planning. The Governor appoints the SHPO, in consultation with the State Historical Resources Commission and the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The SHPO assists the Commission in accomplishing its goals and duties by developing and administering a program of public information, education, training, and technical assistance. The SHPO also serves as Executive Secretary to the Commission and is responsible for developing an administrative framework for the Commission and implementing the Commission's preservation programs and priorities.

her • i • tage Anything from the past that has meaning or value for the present and the future; something that is passed down from preceding generations.

After 25 years of leadership in the field of architecture and historic preservation, Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA is changing their name to Heritage Architecture & Planning. Founder and President Wayne Donaldson, FAIA has been named as California's new State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and is moving to Sacramento to continue his career dedicated to restoring and protecting historical resources. Wayne has sold his interest in the firm to his longtime senior staff. The seven new Principals

of Heritage Architecture & Planning are David

Marshall, AIA; Brian Rickling; Eileen Magno; Stuart Sawasaki; Joy Perez; Curtis Drake; and Carmen Pauli.

The name Heritage reflects the firm’s respect for the past as well as a vision for the future. Heritage Architecture & Planning will continue the architectural legacy started in 1978 by Wayne Donaldson, when preservation was still a new concept.

Tecate Depot Mystery Solved

In October of 2003 SOHO posted a reward of $250.00 for anyone who could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt who the architect was on the Tecate Depot and the year of construction.

Two architects were suspects; Eugene Hoffman who has a vast body of work involving John D. Spreckels, the Hotel Del Coronado, etc.; and John Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright

who also commanded a great body of work

predominately residential. Historians on both sides of the border were stymied on this one. SOHO received many theories but none that could be proven.

San Diego Archeologist Susan Walters was working on an unrelated project when she came upon a San Diego Union article about the Tecate Depot and its architect William H. Wheeler!! Thanks to Susan's sharp eye a major mystery is solved.

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