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Friday, June 14, 2013


1999.  Where has the time gone.  Here's an image from the first Old House Fair fifteen years ago.  This year's event will take place at the same corner,  30th & Beech Streets, June 15, 2013,  between 10 am and 4 pm.
Photo: North Park News.

1999.  Thanks to Old House Fair pioneers like Maureen Ceccarelli and Gail MacLeod, the first fair attracted vendors like Architectural Salvage from Little Italy (above).                                             Photo: North Park News
1999.  Fair-goers enjoyed that wonderful spring day, which greeted the first Old House Fair.
Photo: North Park News

1999. Original Resource Guide
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 15--South Park’s beloved Old House Fair will be held Saturday, June 15 centered around the intersection of 30th & Beech Streets.  One of the enduring tenants offered by attending the fair now and when it began in 1999 is the opportunity for those active in or planning to restore an older home with a new generation of quality tradespersons.

Info on the Old House Fair:
Images courtesy of 1999 Old House Fair coverage in North Park News.

Since the first Old House Fair was launched on June 12, 1999, the event has also evolved to be a popular community celebration.  In addition to the traditional Home Tour that showcases significant homes in South Park, there are food, music, dance and pet adoption venues.

Now as then, the real fun comes in just hanging out at the free event from 10 am to 4pm to reconnect with neighbors and new friends.  This year, the promoters estimate 70 exhibit booths and attendees will be offered a free resource directory and snippets on the homes that are on the historic home tour.

1999.  4th generation owner of San Diego Hardware, Bill
Haynsworth (behind t-shirt) was a day-one OHF vendor
This year the home tour is featuring five historic homes ranging from smaller bungalow court homes to a classic century old Arts & Crafts residence.  The latter being the home of Edward Quayle, a prominent builder, who not only designed his South Park home but many other San Diego classics, including Balboa Stadium, North Park Theatre, Silvergate Masonic Lodge (art deco/North Park) and the San Diego Police Department headquarters.

Please note admission to the fair is free, but the home tour is $25 per person.  Tickets at the info booth.
Fifteen years ago, South Park didn’t offer such local culinary and craft beer places as they do now.  If you’re looking for a bit to eat before, during or after the Old House Fair you’ll find many choices. Amid the Old House Fair epicenter you’ll find Hamilton’s, a popular craft beer eatery and saloon, plus award winning Alchemy Restaurant is across from the popular new Buona Forchetta (this site back in 1999 was Santos Coffee House, which is now located at 32nd and Thorn).
2013.  New vendor offers a free old fashioned high
tea for two to lucky winners of the free raffle.
See info booth.
Nearby dining includes deli-style at Grant’s Market (Dale & Beech farther north along Fern and 30th Streets you’ll discover Big Kitchen, South Park Abbey, Piocere Mio at Fern and Grape; and near Juniper and 30th you’ll run into The Station, Mazara’s Pizza, Juan Chou’s, Eclipse Chocolat, Café Madeleine, and Stone Brewing outlet (craft beer only).

One vendor, North Park Bungalow Tea Society, a one-woman high tea catering service has donated a tea-for-two in a historic bungalow to lucky winners of the free raffle.  Go to the info booth for details and to sign up.

1999.  Can't see him in this snapshot, but that's Wayne Carlson, then editor of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
delivering a lecture on historic homes and landscaping at the first Old House Fair.

1999.  One of the first homes featured in the
first Old House Fair Home Tour
1999.  Sidewalk scene looking west on Beech Street at the first Old House Fair, June 12, 1999.                                            Photo: John Oldenkamp

2013.  New and really popular Buona Forchetta restaurant is
one of the many South Park & environs dining establishments
open for Old House Fair attendees.

Photo courtesy: Martin Mann, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles.

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