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Friday, September 19, 2014


The Barber Tract historic rehabilitation project in San Diego by Ione Stiegler, FAIA is a classic example of how a 1930s era historic home can be made functional for a modern family while maintaining its historic roots.
EXPERT IN THE GENRE--Ione Stiegler, one of San Diego’s leading architects, will present a talk “Spanish Colonial Revival: The Legacy of the Exposition” as part one of Friends of San Diego Architecture fall lecture season on Saturday, September 20 at 9:30 am, at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, 1249 F Street, downtown San Diego.
FSDA will continue its popular series on the Panama-California Exposition of 1915, but this year the talks will be about the development of architectural styles in San Diego subsequent to the exposition.
Stiegler, a 2012 inductee into the AIA of Fellows in 2012, is the Principal Architect and owner of IS Architecture in La Jolla. The firm has won many prestigious awards for design in residential and historic preservation, and the houses are often featured in San Diego Home/Garden; Arts & Crafts Home; Builder and other magazines. She has been a consultant on many cultural and preservation projects where meticulous detail is paramount for surveys and preparation for architectural records.

Spanish Colonial Revival architecture received national exposure when architect Bertram Goodhue used it in designing Balboa Park for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915. It became a popular choice with its tile and stucco look in residential, commercial and public buildings from 1915 to 1931. San Diego architects associated with this style were Herbert Mann & Thomas L. Shepherd, Alberto Owen Treganza, Edgar V. Ulrich, Frank Mead & Richard Requa.
San Diego is fortunate in having such an internationally renowned architect base her career locally.  The upcoming lecture is a rare opportunity to have a leading expert in the genre share her wisdom and experience.

Her firm’s most recent renovation is a 1904 Craftsman-style cottage, Wisteria Cottage, housing the La Jolla Historical Society. No details were overlooked in researching the intriguing history of this building, the remodel by Irving Gill, or the paint colors and materials used. The remodel included redoing the gallery space to meet museum standards, the addition of a humidity-controlled air conditioning and heating system, LED spotlights and special shades. The society is now showing off a new exhibit on the Mid-Century modern movement in La Jolla in a beautiful gallery space.
A donation of $5 is suggested. Students are free. No reservations required. For more information, visit

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