In the news
The new owners of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe have begun their upgrades and renovations. The Inn’s sale was finalized in April and while the purchase price is confidential, the seller’s broker has estimated the sale would fetch a price in the low- to mid-$30 million range, according to an April RSF Review article. What is widely known is that the new owners will spend $12 million on the renovation. The new ownership group–which includes Rancho Santa Fe residents John Kratzer and John Moores–is passionate about preserving The Inn as “a true community asset and ...a hub of activity for residents, enhance traditions and bring a whole new set of visitors in to experience Rancho Santa Fe,” as noted in this week’s Review.
|Perhaps the remodel will take the fireplace, which was modernized in the 1960s, back to its 1923 glory!|
The San Dieguito Academy
|Sara Motamedi's beautiful sketch that faithfully recreates Rice's original rendering.|
Over the summer I was interviewed by Mike Lewis a reporter who was crafting a feature piece on the proposed November bond measure–Proposition AA–that would raise funds, in part, for the renovations of the Lilian Rice designed high school, formerly San Dieguito Union High School. If approved, the approximate $448 million borrowing plan would pay for technological upgrades, campus renovations and a new middle school. Here is a link to his story that ran recently ran in North Coast Current.com.
Mitt and Anne Romney
|Fin de la Senda, La Jolla. Home to Mitt and Anne Romney|
The Ecke Ranch and Leichtag Foundation
|The Rice designed ranch house as it looks today after two remodels, one in the 1960s and the other in 1986|
Proposals and Presentations
To date I have crafted proposals for two books. One, a thorough biography of Lilian Rice, is under review by a respected publisher. The other, a virtual home tour of some of the most impressive Rice estate homes and those inspired by Rice’s designs, is in the hands of my agent. I will let you know in my next blog if either of these projects move forward.
On October 14 I will address the Carlsbad Historical Society at Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community. My lecture is titled, Rancho San Dieguito to Rancho Santa Fe. I'll be tracing the story of the former Spanish land grant and its surviving adobe haciendas, through the railroad's failed eucalyptus tree groves, to Lilian Rice's chapter as the supervisory architect who transformed the area into the lovely upscale enclave that remains today. November 15, I'll address a group of local interior designers at the Kravet Showroom in San Diego, my presentation will be on Lilian Rice's life and work.