Historic Home Tour Weekend

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

A 1914 English Tudor is included on the SOHO Home Tour.

Join SOHO on April 13 and 14 for the Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend featuring early 20th-century homes in Mission Hills.

On Saturday, April 13, select from your choice of walking or bicycle tours, and a textile workshop, and on Sunday, April 14 spend the day with us at the Historic Home Tour.

On Saturday, April 13 the 90-minute walking tour will focuse on the Arnold & Choates and North Florence Heights subdivisions. Highlighted are many early architects of these communities, including Joel L. Brown, William Templeton Johnson, Frank Mead & Richard Requa, and Alexander Schreiber. The tour will include the commercial district, an early Mission Revival church, a progressive school, and a former cemetery, as well as the surrounding architecturally significant homes and stories of the people who lived and worked here.

The 90-minute Bicycle Tour takes cyclists along the quieter streets of one of the most historic neighborhoods in San Diego. Explore numerous works of master architects and builders with a local resident and fitness enthusiast to guide the sometimes hilly route.

Artist Natalie Richards will lead a six-hour hands-on instructional workshop on Arts & Crafts textiles. A Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, Natalie will instruct students on classic techniques to master and create heirloom quality linens. Students will create a pillow or table runner. The class will be held at the Marston House.

Complimenting the SOHO Weekend, join Mission Hills Heritage for a guided walking tour of south Mission Hills on Saturday, April 13 only. The annual Spring Walking Tour format, with a tour leaving every 15 minutes from 1-4 p.m., allows for visitors to catch a SOHO tour and a Mission Hills Heritage tour. These tours are not limited, so if you get shut out on the SOHO walking tour don’t forget this option. Go to MissionHillsHeritage.org for details.

From 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 14 tour the interiors of five historic houses in Mission Hills. The self-driven tour features homes with an abundant diversity of architectural styles dating from a 1914 English Tudor to a 1949 early Modern. Mission Hills is one of our great San Diego neighborhoods where a prolific number of works by locally and nationally significant architects can all be found in one geographic area. Sites by Morris B. Irvin, Richard Requa, and John Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright are just three that visitors will get to tour. This year’s tour is a must see for architecture lovers.

The Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend is an important fundraiser for SOHO. Funds raised benefit SOHO’s work of promoting preservation of the architectural, cultural, and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth and character of the San Diego region.

Advance sales through Friday, April 12 only, this option closes at 5 p.m. You can purchase advance discount price tickets from the convenience of your home online, by phone, or in person.

Home Tour tickets purchased on the day of the tour are $50 for all, non-members and members alike. Buy online through a drop down menu at SOHOsandiego.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Whaley House Museum Shop, 2476 San Diego Avenue and the Marston House Museum Shop, 3525 Seventh Avenue. Call SOHO (619) 297-9327 for more information.

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