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The Klicka brothers, Emil and George, were also leaders in the ongoing development of the business and entertainment district of the community. In 1928, the brothers bought four lots at the corner of University Avenue and 29th Street for an office building and theatre. The architects for the building were the Quayle Brothers, a notable 1920s firm in San Diego. The Bank of America, for which Emil Klicka served as Vice President, occupied the building, along with the Fox West Coast Theatres.


In later years, George Klicka developed the Studio Bungalo in the 1930’s, which was an attempt to make it possible for the average wage earner to own his own home. Klicka’s design was a pre- fabricated package of wooden frame-and-panel construction offered in prices ranges beginning as low as $2,222. The ready-cut house package was introduced as a model home on the grounds of the 1935 International Exposition in Balboa Park. Of the more than one hundred built in North Park and University Heights, only a few rare examples remain.


The work of several important builders and designers can still be seen in North Park today. Among them are David Owen Dryden, Edward F. Bryans, and George Klicka. The neighborhood of Pershing Avenue and 28th Street, from Upas to Landis Streets encompasses twenty-two bungalows and two-story homes built by Dryden. Another sixteen homes in this neighborhood were built by Bryans, who specialized in the small cottage Craftsman style. The Dryden/Craftsman area is one of San Diego’s earliest suburban neighborhoods and is currently a proposed Historic District.


As one of the most densely populated bungalow communities in all of San Diego, North Park is thriving today due to revitalization of its historic resources and to the embracing of the arts community. We hope you enjoy these few examples of historic homes that this beautiful park community has to offer.


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