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Historic Districts

Burlingame Historic District

The Burlingame Historic District is located within the boundaries of North Park. The District is an eclectic mix of pre-WWI through post-WWII suburban architecture. It features excellent examples of Craftsman Bungalow, Tudor Revival, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Prairie School, Art Deco, California Ranch, and other individual hybrid combinations of several styles. Burlingame homes reflect the quality design and construction work of several established architects and master builders. An array of homes were built for some of San Diego’s leading citizens of the time, including: Percy Benbough (councilman, police chief and mayor), Mary Fulford (a cousin of George Marston), Dr. Harry Wegeforth (“founding father” of the San Diego Zoo), and Mabel Whitsitt (milliner for Holzwasser’s & Marston’s department stores and owner of the Five Dollar Hat Shop and Whitsitt’s: The House That Hats Built).

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Architects & Builders

Burlingame homes reflect the quality design and construction work of several established architects and master builders, including William H. Wheeler, Carleton Winslow, Earl Brenk, Charles Salyers, Walter Keller, Theo Lohman, Alexander Schreiber, Archibald McCorkle, and Louis Brandt.

About North Park

Founded in 1910, North Park is a neighborhood of mixed architectural styles from many eras. It includes the sub-neighborhoods of Altadena, Burlingame, and Morley Field. North Park is dotted with trendy cafes, diners, coffee shops, microbreweries, boutiques, and galleries.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Burlingame Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Dryden Historic District

The Dryden Historic District is a six-block area in North Park’s Morley Field community. It comprises 136 distinctive homes of which more than 100 contribute to the historic nature of the District. The architectural styles range from late Victorian to Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and early California Ranch. The period of historic significance for the District extends from 1912 to 1941. A high concentration of homes were designed and built by the renowned Arts and architect/builder David Owen Dryden (hence the District’s name).

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Architects & Builders

The 20 homes credited to David Owen Dryden exhibit some of the best examples of his work. The District also contains 15 homes built by Edward F. Bryans, who was one of the most prolific and versatile master builders in San Diego.

About North Park

Founded in 1910, North Park is a neighborhood of mixed architectural styles from many eras. It includes the sub-neighborhoods of Altadena, Burlingame, and Morley Field. North Park is dotted with trendy cafes, diners, coffee shops, microbreweries, boutiques, and galleries.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Dryden Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Golden Hill Historic District

The Golden Hill Historic District embodies distinctive characteristics of various architectural styles. It is composed of homes dating from the late-19th and early-20th century which were designed by San Diego’s most notable architects. Some of the homes were constructed for the city’s prominent citizens, including doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and politicians. Generally, these homes were large, multistoried and designed in Victorian or period revival style. Along with stately Victorian homes, modest homes and bungalows were constructed – often designed in the Folk Victorian, Craftsman, Spanish Eclectic, or Mission Revival styles.

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Architects & Builders

Golden Hill homes reflect the quality design of several established architects, including William Hebbard, Irvin Gill and Richard Requa.

About Golden Hill

Golden Hill is one of San Diego’s most historic and architecturally eclectic neighborhoods. After its development began in 1869, it soon became San Diego’s most fashionable neighborhood and home to the city’s movers and shakers. Many of the area’s stately Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman homes have survived. In recent years, Golden Hill has been undergoing a renaissance, as neighboring South Park did a few years ago.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Golden Hill Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Mission Hills Historic Districts

The Mission Hills Historic District and the Fort Stockton Line Historic District are both located in the distinguished neighborhood of Mission Hills. The two Districts consist of nearly 300 historic homes – many designed by San Diego’s premier architects and built by established master builders. Architectural styles include Bungalow, Craftsman, Prairie School, Tudor Revival, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Colonial Revival. Mission Hills was officially born in 1908 but the 1915 Panama-California Exposition brought an influx of visitors who wanted to live here, along with the craftsmen to build beautiful homes for them.

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Architects & Builders

Homes were often designed by San Diego’s premier architects including William Hebbard, William Templeton Johnson, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, Richard Requa, and Joel E. Brown. Master Builders such as the Pacific Building Company, Morris B. Irvin, and Martin V. Melhorn contributed by building in the vernacular architecture. Ironically, San Diego’s most famous architect, Irving Gill, never built in Mission Hills. By the time this area was being developed, he was mainly working in Los Angeles County.

About Mission Hills

This distinguished neighborhood is located north of downtown on hills overlooking Old Town and the bay. It is known for its carefully preserved historic homes designed by San Diego’s premier architects. The community was officially founded in 1908 but the first home was actually built in 1887. Mission Hills is primarily residential, with some boutique shops and restaurants. The Mission Hills Nursery has been providing plants and advice to local residents since 1910. Presidio Park, Pioneer Park, and Mission Hills Park offer acres of recreational space.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Mission Hills Historic Districts may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Sherman Heights Historic District

Sherman Heights has a significant historical value as one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods originally subdivided in 1869 by Captain Matthew Sherman. The Sherman Heights Historic District is a site composed of post 1870s and pre 1940s residences, designed in the architectural styles of Greek Revival, Carpenter Gothic, Italianate, Stick, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical, Mission Revival, Prairie, Bungalow, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Moderne.

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Architects & Builders

San Diego’s master architects and builders

About Sherman Heights

After its development began in 1869, Sherman Heights was settled by individuals from all economic groups including business people, government workers, city managers, and construction tradesmen. It is also where numerous ethnic groups made their first home in San Diego. Many of the original houses in Sherman Heights still exist and have been well maintained. The Villa Montezuma, a large Victorian house built for musician and spiritualist Jesse Shepard in 1887, has been operated as a museum by the City of San Diego.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Sherman Heights Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Shirley Ann Place Historic District

Shirley Ann Place is a one-block narrow street (a former central back alley) in the neighborhood of University Heights. It was designated a historic district by the City of San Diego for its large number of 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival bungalows and several late 1930s to late 1940s bungalows. These gems were built by one of San Diego’s oldest construction firms. Shirley Ann Place is a well preserved representation of a pre-planned post-WWI speculative housing development initiated by a single individual. This “mini-neighborhood” is notable for its intactness and overall consistency of architectural design.

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About University Heights

Although University Heights does not host a university, it is located high above Mission Valley. The name dates back to the land boom of the 1880s and a plan to build a university in the area. The neighborhood is filled with pre-World War II Craftsman homes, Spanish Revival bungalows, cottages, as well as condominiums. A variety of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, artist’s studios, and live entertainment venues line the vibrant business district.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Shirley Ann Place Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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South Park Historic District

The South Park Historic District has a period of significance of 1910 through the 1920s. The District is an intact grouping of single-family residences developed immediately adjacent to Balboa Park. It is composed of over 100 primarily two-story residences, designed in the Craftsman, Prairie, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival styles. Research reveals that the homes were built by several master architects and builders.

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San Diego’s master architects and builders

About South Park

Born as early as 1870, South Park is an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, cafes, and taverns surrounded by classic homes and public spaces. Various architectural styles are represented in South Park, including Craftsman and Spanish. For much of its existence, South Park was a part of Golden Hill, although the name would fall in and out of favor over the years. South Park has grown in stature and is well regarded as a lively and walkable neighborhood.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the South Park Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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