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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


CLASSIC SAN DIEGO--“The Presidio Hills Neighborhood of Mission Hills,” a tour of five or six privately- owned residences in an enclave of homes directly above historic Presidio Park, will be held Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by Mission Hills Heritage (MHH) the annual self-guided tour of historic homes in the century-old community is in its eighth year.

“Subdivided in 1926, Presidio Hills is one of the last tracts to be developed in Mission Hills,” said Barry Hager, chairman of the MHH board. “Its development was led by wealthy businessman George Marston, who was instrumental in the creation of Presidio Park and the Junipero Serra Museum, designed by acclaimed architect William Templeton Johnson, which was opened in 1929.

“As the first European settlement in California, it was Marston’s intention to preserve the ruins as well as the heritage of this Spanish fortified town built on the site in 1769,” Hager said.

Greatly influenced by the romance of the Serra Museum’s Spanish-style architecture, initial Presidio Hills buyers—prominent San Diegans including doctors, bankers and business owners—called upon architects and builders such as Cliff May, Alexander Schreiber and Henry Harms Preibisius to design the impressive homes. Built between 1927 and 1940, many reflect the Spanish Eclectic style as well as American Colonial Revival.

“Many homes feature spectacular views of Old Town, Mission Bay and Mount Soledad,” said Tom Roetker, chair of MHH’s events committee.

Tickets: $25 for members and $30 for non-members the day of the tour. A table for Will Call and ticket sales will be open September 22 in the 2400 block of Presidio Drive. Information: Email Phone (619) 497-1193.

Source: Mission Hills Heritage is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission it is to preserve and protect the character, charm and historic resources of Mission Hills, assuring that development projects harmonize with the established community and provide for community input into these projects.

Image: This photo appeared in the September, 2012 edition of San Diego Home/Garden Magazine; republished by permission.

Caption: Altamirano Way, in the Presidio Hills section of West Mission Hills, 1929. Note icon architect William Templeton Johnson’s newly completed Junipero Serra Museum in the background.

Original image: Courtesy San Diego History Center. The non-profit San Diego History Center collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets materials in order to promote the history of the San Diego region. To become a member or for information on tours, educational programs and the center’s museum’s contact the San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3; 619-232-6202,

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