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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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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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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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When prophet meets profit

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 1 Comment

The under-appreciated Irving Gill gets another shot at respect By Michael Good | House Calls No man’s a prophet in his hometown. I learned that at a young age while sitting in the hard wooden pews of Brooklyn Heights Presbyterian Church, at 30th and Fir streets. Gazing at the stained glass windows, listening to the choir and pondering the anecdote-laden sermons of the pastor, the Rev. Ellis Shaw, I learned about art and architecture, music and […]

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Reviving the neighborhood, one beer at a time

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, North Park | 1 Comment

Craft beer and Craftsman architecture come together at North Park Beer Company By Michael Good | House Calls There are do it yourselfers. And there are DO IT YOURSELFERS. Kelsey McNair is the all-caps kind of DIY guy. When I first met him four years ago, he was looking for advice about the woodwork in his Craftsman bungalow in North Park. Most of the wood trim was intact — bookcases, china cabinet, fireplace mantle — but a […]

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Restoring this old house, inside and out

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, South Park | No Comments

Time to turn back the clock to when early-20th-century homes were one with nature? By Michael Good | HouseCalls History seems to have overlooked the landscape architect. On the city of San Diego’s website you’ll find information about some 60 master architects, roughly 30 master builders, but only two master landscape architects. Yet garden design was an important part of early-20th-century residential architecture. The Craftsman house was specifically conceived as a blend of indoors and out. […]

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Summer’s top 10 garden flowers

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | No Comments

Exciting new versions of old stalwarts By Gary Jones In just a few weeks, summer’s hot days will be upon us. But it is not too late to fill pots and borders with hot weather flowers that will pump out color all summer. The key to success will be to keep these plants well-watered while they root in. While they become established, they should never be allowed to become completely dry.

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