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Enduring legacy

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | 1 Comment

Ralph Hurlburt is San Diego’s only designated Master Designer By Katherine Hon Ralph Hurlburt is best known in historical circles as half of Hurlburt and Tifal, a partnership responsible for many beautiful homes built throughout San Diego during the 1920s and 1930s. Hurlburt himself seems a bit of a mystery. House Calls columnist Michael Good included him in a shortlist of “unsung and all-but-unknown visionaries who shaped our urban landscape 80 or 90 years ago” in […]

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Iconic retail

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Columns, Communities, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

The history of the J.C. Penney department store in North Park By Katherine Hon Newcomers may only know the boxy two-story building on the southeast corner of Ray Street and University Avenue as the former location of Wang’s North Park. Residents who have been here longer may remember Big Lots occupying that building during the early 2000s and REI before then. But the building we see today at 3029 University Ave. originated in 1942 as a […]

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Honoring a local legend

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Columns, PastMatters, Top Story | 2 Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

Longtime San Diego residents may remember shopping or working in the grand Marston Department Store along the north side of C Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The five-story building constructed in 1912 has been gone since the late 1960s, when the store founded by George Marston became the Broadway after nearly 90 years in business.

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DIY history at home

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, PastMatters, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

On May 18, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) awarded a well-deserved Outstanding Public Service Award to San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland.

What does that mean to you? If you own a historical-age home, the odds of finding your home’s birth year and the people involved in that blessed event are now much higher. And if you are interested in the history of San Diego, there are hours of amusement waiting for you on the City Clerk’s Digital Archives website at sandiego.gov/digitalarchives.

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Tennis, anyone?

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | No Comments

Famous players in North Park’s backyard By Katherine Hon | PastMatters Summer is coming! It’s time to go outside and play. If tennis is your game, maybe you play all year at the Morley Field tennis complex, home of the Balboa Tennis Club (BTC). In that case, you are part of a long history of the club, local players — and the tennis courts themselves.

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Her story

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | No Comments

Mary Jane Hartley’s contributions to North Park By Katherine Hon | PastMatters Happy National Preservation Month! As we celebrate history, let’s remember that “her-story” is important, too. And no individual woman contributed more to North Park’s early development than Mary Jane Hartley. Mary Jane was the wife of James Monroe Hartley, who bought 40 acres within the Park Villas tract in 1893 and named it Hartley’s North Park. The empty land, bordered by University Avenue and […]

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