SOHO's Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend
Saturday, March 26
10am, 11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm
Melinda Gándara examines the links to May's Californio heritage in her lecture Cliff May: The Past is My Future. Cliff May tied the planning and promotion of his homes to his own experience and understanding of early California history, and updated this experience for the "modern" family and their needs. This talk will examine the innovative marketing methods utilized by Cliff May as found in his archival records.
Mary van Balgooy
Before LA: Cliff May's Beginnings in San Diego
May started building houses in the 1930s in his hometown of San Diego. In her illustrated presentation, historian Mary van Balgooy takes a look at May's early life, the inspiration he drew from his family heritage to design his houses, and the homes he built in San Diego.
Cocktail Party in historic Cliff May home
Saturday, March 26, 6-9pm
On Saturday evening we are pleased to offer an exclusive home tour and cocktail party at a classic Cliff May home in Coronado. A much-anticipated highlight of the weekend events takes place in this home, built in 1936, that is a close duplicate to the lost third home in the series of May's first built. It is being restored by the current owners. Attendees of the party will be able to pick up their Sunday tour program in advance. Registration for this event is limited, so please purchase your ticket early.
Historic Home Tour
Sunday, March 27, 10am-5pm
About the Tour
This is an unprecedented and once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the very first homes in the over 50-year career built by Cliff May, known as the father of the American Ranch House. The fabled homes, designed and built between 1932 and 1936, showcase the work of this Southern California Master Builder. The six homes on tour include the first five out of six he built (a sixth was lost) and one of the few Monterey style homes he built, a style that became popular by the late 1930's.
Located in several communities, Talmadge Park, Presidio Hills, Point Loma, and Loma Portal, and representative of the California ranch style, these homes are the result of May's experimental early hacienda style and his fascination with the early California adobe haciendas and ranchos. The visitor will be able to see firsthand the origins of the signature style of this master designer, builder, and architect for the first time.
Save Our Heritage Organisation
2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110