Another Year Is Flashing ByI can't believe that it is almost June and my son, John Paul, a high school freshman, is starting to feel summeritis for the first time. For me 2013 represents a landmark year as it is special anniversary, one that celebrates 10 years of my community feature writing. While I reflect back on over 1,000 interviews during this period I realize what a priceless gift and a privilege it has been to serve as the voice for so many remarkable people. I’m anticipating that I will host a special event in the fall to retell some of the highlights from articles of some of these very special interviewees. It continues to be a great source of pride that I not only live in a beautiful coastal region but that I am surrounded by so many talented neighbors.
A Monumental Work AwardEach year SOHO, the county’s largest and California’s oldest continuously operating preservation group, has saluted individuals and groups who have helped preserve important aspects of the county’s heritage.
I was honored to be one of eight recipients this year and was proud to receive my award, "A Monumental Work Award" on May 23 at Point Loma Assembly. The family at SOHO did a beautiful job in feting all of the winners. Bruce Coons, SOHO executive director wrote, “[Diane] brought to highlight Rice’s importance in the architectural history of the region, thereby contributing to the advancement of historical knowledge in the community as well. Her ongoing mission to share the Lilian Rice story is admirable and her efforts to enlighten the public on her life and legacy are to be commended.”
|Photo by Sande Lollis featured in SOHO's 2013 People In Preservation Award brochure|
Where Did This LJR Obsession Begin?
|San Dieguito Academy captured by Sara Motamedi's fine hand|
Presenting at Kravet
|Yours Truly with the Kravet team: Elliot, Jan and Mechele|
|Phyllis Van Doren of San Diego Home/Garden|
New ProjectsMarch came in like a lion and has been roaring along since, with no signs that the blustery momentum will be letting up anytime soon. For my LJR project I am working on two books: One which is a more comprehensive biography and will release in spring 2014 just in time for the 125th anniversary of Rice’s birth, and the second which is a lavishly illustrated coffee table book which will showcase the work of local architects who use LJR’s philosophical approach to their work–the indoor/outdoor spacial flow—or mirror her design approach with their own interpretation of a simply elegant Mediterranean type home. It is very exciting to get to know the architects and to see their level of commitment and artistry in their work. Look out for a release also in 2014.
|Putting on the glitz, 1920s style outside the Croquet Cottage at The Inn. Photo by Diana Cavagnaro|
|A couple visit the village of RSF in 1927|
|The row houses circa 1927|
We strode out briskly walking the few blocks that represent the Village of Rancho Santa Fe. Guests learned historic detail, absorbed the beauty of the buildings and the landscaping, and laughed at entertaining facts about life in the village in the 1920s and 30s. Spotlighted were the many celebrities who came to Rancho Santa Fe as a refuge from the bustle of Hollywood, several of them lived in Rice designed estate homes, and all of them stayed at La Morada (now The Inn). These tours will be offered by demand for groups of 10 up to 20 and are in partnership with The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The two-hour tour cost is $40 per person, it includes refreshments at The Inn, and proceeds benefit the senior center. Please email me if you’d like to book a tour firstname.lastname@example.org
|Actress, Corinne Griffith once owned the RSF Administration Block|
|Joseph Schenck, MGM movie director made RSF his home in the 1920s.|
|Movie stars, the Talmadge Sisters, also lived in the Ranch. The community of Talmadge was named for them.|
May was an exciting month when I gave a personal walking tour for key staff at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on May 13. It was a lively, engaged group and I had a lot of fun sharing interesting facts and anecdotes about the village of Rancho Santa Fe and The Inn. I also gave a presentation on the History of The Del Mar Fairgrounds to the Carlsbad Historical Society at Carlsbad-By-The-Sea retirement home.
|The Inn when it was known as La Morada, circa 1923|