Homes in La Jolla’s Village and Muirlands get a historic name

The two La Jolla properties received historic status from the San Diego Historic Resources Board at its June 23 meeting.

HRB unanimously approved the Mary Lynch/Frank Hope Sr. House and Ellis and Nancy Barron House in the Muirlands district. Both qualify under Criterion C, which specifies a property that contains the distinctive features of a style, type, period or method of construction, or is a valuable example of the use of natural materials or craftsmanship.

The Lynch/Hope House is also designated under Criterion D, which indicates that a house represents the notable work of a master builder, designer, architect, engineer, landscape architect, interior designer, artist or craftsman.

Both properties were approved as consent clauses, meaning there was no controversy or discussion. If all parties agree to staff recommendations and proposals are considered controversial, items are listed on the consent agenda.

Mary Lynch/Frank Hope Sr. The House

The Lynch/Hope House at 1320 Park Row has been praised as features of the Monterey style and a remarkable work by the master architect Hope.

“The house continues to convey the historical significance of the Monterey style by embodying the historical features associated with the style, including the two-story form; full-width, second-floor balcony with wooden railings; side gable roof; plaster and wood shingle exterior; multi-lite wooden windows and faux blinds,” according to a report on his candidacy.

The house is also considered an important example of Hope’s Monterey-style work, and “shows the progress of her career as national architectural trends evolve,” according to the report.

“Throughout his extensive career, [Hope] designed a variety of buildings, including residential, commercial and institutional structures. Like many of her peers, Hope’s designs have evolved over time, following popular trends around the country. The first residential works were mostly designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. However, as architectural preferences changed, he began working in other revival styles and later on Private Farm,” the report says.

HRB has given a historic name to at least five of Hope’s works.

Host Anthony Graham thanked the board for appraising the property.

Ellis and Nancy Barron House

The Ellis and Nancy Barron House, at 6632 Avenida Manana in La Jolla’s Muirlands neighborhood, has been designated historic for its significant contemporary style and architectural integrity of the 1956-59 period.

(California Historical Sources Inventory Database)

According to a report on its nomination, Barron House at 6632 Avenida Manana retains the character-defining features of the contemporary style and architectural integrity of the 1956-59 period.

Drawing attention to the fact that contemporary style focuses on interior spaces and their relationship with exterior spaces, the report emphasized the integration of interior space with exterior space by using exterior living spaces such as windows and balconies and courtyards. The style was popular in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s largely because it was easily adaptable to hillside terrain.

“Specifically,” the source says, “like a partially enclosed courtyard, large aluminum-framed windows and louvered glass, floor-to-ceiling glass, vertical timber cladding, plank and batten siding, exposed ceiling joists, and a courtyard pergola-like feature with strong horizontal slats.” internal/external links that the shadow structure shows.

Host Jeff Robin thanked the board for “acknowledging that our home is an incredibly special place. “We want to keep it that way.”


Benefits of historic designation include the availability of the Mills Act program for reduced property tax for owners to help preserve, restore, and rehabilitate historic properties; use of the more flexible Historic Building Code; the use of the historical conditional use permit, which allows flexibility of use; programs that vary according to site conditions and owner’s purposes; and flexibility in other regulatory requirements. However, once homes are identified as historical, they cannot be changed significantly.

The San Diego Historical Resources Board meets monthly. Visit to learn more and click ‘Public sessions, meetings and announcements’. ◆

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