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Parker H. Jackson Tour guide Parker H. Jackson considers himself to be Richard Requa’s historian. Over a decade ago, Jackson discovered the extensive, uncataloged architectural collection of the San Diego Historical Society Archives. At the time, Requa’s office drawings made up the bulk of the files. Jackson and Philip Klauber provided the means for computer cataloging the work. As Mr. Jackson undertook the project, he focused on the career of Requa and his influence on the architectural style we are surrounded by today. Requa labeled it “Southern California Architecture.”

Jackson regularly lectures on Requa’s architectural career and the 1935 Exposition. He uses videotapes taken from Requa’s own films, which he has edited and captioned. Jackson has also funded the reprinting of Requa’s 1937 book Inside Lights on the Building of San Diego’s Exposition: 1935, and he lives in a home designed by Requa in 1926 as a model home for the Kensington Heights subdivision, and which is City of San Diego Historic Site #394.

Written by Parker H. Jackson Edited by Alana Coons and Julie Kolb

Architectural drawings courtesy of San Diego Historical Society Graphic Design and Photography by Sandé Lollis ©March, 2005 SOHO

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