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The lady contractor

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Feature, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | House Calls

There’s little in Louise Mary Severin’s background that would suggest she’d someday become one of San Diego’s more prolific pre-war builders. Her father was a barber. Her mother was a homemaker. No one in her family had a background as a builder, architect or carpenter. And she married a car salesman — from a family of car salesmen.

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Small Business Saturday promotes local holiday shopping

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Communities, Feature, Featured, Small Business | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff When it comes to holiday shopping, local merchants want to remind everyone that those special gifts can be found just up the street or around the corner. That’s why community business districts are encouraging Uptown shoppers to visit small businesses in their own neighborhoods as they celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26.

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The life of the female architect

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, Top Story | No Comments

Success came with a price in early 20th century

By Michael Good | House Calls

Long before any female presidential candidate banged her head against the highest and hardest glass ceiling in the land, a sisterhood of California women were swinging their lady-grip hammers at another transparent barrier — the entrance to the boys club known as architecture.

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Koblenz, Germany

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Featured, Lifestyle, Travel | No Comments

Where the Rhine and Mosel converge By Ron Stern | Global Gumshoe It would be hard to find a lovelier off-the-beaten-track city to visit in Germany than Koblenz. Ideally situated where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine, this city has a history dating back 2,000 years starting from when it was a Roman settlement. Today, it is a top tourist destination of stunning beauty with a rich history and culture and a thriving culinary […]

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The life of the architect

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden | No Comments

Who designed our homes and shaped our neighborhoods? By Michael Good | House Calls They say you will know a man by his works. If that were true, we should know a lot more than we do about the architects who designed our early 20th-century houses. These shadowy figures put their stamp on the plans that produced our houses and then departed the scene. A few left behind plans and news clippings, a few left behind […]

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Discovering Irving Gill

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 1 Comment

Cultural institutions join forces to introduce the world to architect By Michael Good | HouseCalls Like many a fledgling hooligan growing up in 1950s Oceanside, California, Milford Wayne Donaldson was introduced to the architecture of Irving J. Gill after running afoul of the law. “I was with five or six of my buddies — we were out surfing. At that time you weren’t supposed to shoot the pier on a Saturday,” he said.

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Autumn’s Arrival

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | No Comments

10 Plants with beautiful fall color for San Diego By Gary Jones Can’t tell by the look of your garden when fall arrives? You must be missing those important trees and shrubs that provide gorgeous fall color in San Diego. As Southern Californians, we need to look beyond the classic maples and deciduous oaks that other climates revel in each autumn, since most don’t grow well here.

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4 decades of orchids and onions

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Communities, Feature, Featured, Small Business | No Comments

Voting on annual juried awards event begins soon By Dave Fidlin Other than starting with the letter “o,” orchids and onions, of course, are plants that are polar opposites. Adorned by their sweet fragrance, orchids boast widespread, flowering plants. Onions, by contrast, are plain in appearance and offer a pungent taste and smell. This juxtaposition has been the focal point of the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) Orchids and Onions juried awards program since its […]

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