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A Victorious Day for Historic Preservation in Uptown

(SAN DIEGO) San Diego’s Historic Resource Board (HRB) held a very long monthly meeting Friday afternoon (1-5pm) that included three important Uptown properties under review for demolition or historic designation.This Edwardian warehouse at 1041-47 University Avenue, was first built as a furniture store, but is remembered more recently as two popular coffeehouses, first SOHO, then Euphoria. The building was designated as one of the few great examples of Edwardian style in San Diego. The HRB board agreed that it is a neighborhood landmark. The loss of this building would have torn the heart out of Hillcrest’s historic business district. The HRB board also designated the old Vet Center at 2900 Sixth Avenue across from Balboa Park which was once home to George & Alice Hazzard.

Friday’s final hearing was regarding 4040 Fifth Avenue. The owner, Scripps Mercy Hospital, wanted to demolish this 1911 Craftsman home, one of the final remaining structures from the original “Hillcrest” subdivision. Ron May, president of Legacy 106 made a presentation on behalf of the Hillcrest History Guild demonstrating why this house needed to be granted an historic designation and preserved, hopefully on its present site since this bungalow is one of few remaining in William Wesley Whitson’s original “Hillcrest” subdivision in what was then called “University Heights.”