Where did 2012 go?
It always comes as somewhat of a shock when I sit at my desk to write the final blog post for the year. The past 12 months flew by and, no doubt, so will the next. I’m relieved to note that the world did not end, but as a result I’ll have to pull up my boot straps and hammer out several news stories that are pending before the end of December. But at the top of my list is my blog.
My daughter, Juliana, a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, returned home for the holidays. and what a bright light she is in our family. Following a major in landscape architecture, Juliana made the Dean’s list for this first semester proving that she is off to an excellent start and thriving in her new environment. On her return home, she sketched out a lovely work of art that reminds us daily to feel, and show, our gratitude to each other.
Setting the Historic Record Straight
|The beautifully restored headstone of Lilian Jeannette Rice|
The historic event gained some media exposure. Here is a link to a press release published in the RSF Review, an article published in SDNews.com, and coming soon will be the link to a UT San Diego article that will run next week. The correct date on Lilian Rice’s headstone is a huge step forward in preserving history that is accurately documented. Next on my to do list of corrections to the historic record is the amendment of the spelling of Lilian Rice’s name on many official historic registers, notably the National Historic Register and the Register of Local Historic Resources, both of which have documents filed that have major flaws. Thanks to Scott Moomjian for his advice on who to contact to make this official.
The Ecke Ranch house
|The Lilian Rice designed Ecke Ranch house almost completed, 1935|
|An ink scratchboard sketch of the home after the 1969 remodel.|
|How the ranch house looks today|
Another notable factoid is that Stuart Resor retold to me a conversation that he had with Paul Ecke Sr., at the time the biggest supplier of poinsettias in the world. When Resor asked him what was the most memorable aspect of his life, Paul Sr. replied modestly that seeing Halley’s Comet streak through the sky in 1910 was his most cherished memory.
The William Krisel Papers
|Rice's rendering for the proposed Krisel Family home in Rancho Santa Fe|
|Yours truly with Bill, in 2009|
Follow this link to Getty.edu, then scroll down to read an in depth article on Krisel’s collection. “By some estimates, he and his partners are responsible for more than 40,000 units of housing in Southern California, bringing the aesthetics and values of casual indoor-outdoor living to the masses,” notes Laura Dominguez.
Walking Tours of the Village of Rancho Santa Fe
|A hand tinted period photograph of the service station in the village of Rancho Santa Fe, circa 1927|
I welcome followers of my blog, and if you have a blog that you'd like me to follow, I'm happy to reciprocate. I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Look out for my next blog in spring 2013 when I will have some exciting news!