MS 74 Nicholas Fintzelberg Historic Preservation Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Fintzelberg, Nicholas
Title
Nicholas Fintzelberg Historic Preservation Collection
ID
MS 74
Date [inclusive]
1967-1979
Extent
0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains correspondence, reports, planning documents, and other materials regarding the creation of Heritage Park within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in the 1970s, as well as files on several other historic sites in San Diego, CA.

Preferred Citation

Nicholas Fintzelberg Historic Preservation Collection, MS 74, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Heritage Park is a 7.8 acre historical site dedicated to the preservation of San Diego Victorian heritage. It is located in the northeast part of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, on the corners of Juan and Harney streets. The park was started by the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) in 1970 when a group of concerned citizens organized to save the Sherman-Gilbert house. Heritage Park now contains seven historic homes, all of which have been moved there from other locations in the city, and which have been renovated and leased to business owners to operate out of.

The buildings are: the Sherman-Gilbert house (1887), Senlis cottage (1896), Bushyhead house (1887), Christian house (1889), McConaughy house (1887), Burton house (1893), and Temple Beth Israel (1889), the first synagogue in San Diego.

Nicholas M. Fintzelberg was the chairman of the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Historical Preservation Committee. He was also on the Shepard House Committee for the restoration of Villa Montezuma.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, reports, planning documents, and other materials regarding the creation of Heritage Park within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in the 1970s, as well as files on several other historic sites in San Diego, CA. Other materials include planning maps, historical overviews, committee agendas and budgets, financial documents, and proposals.

The collection also contains files on other historic sites worked on by Fintzelberg and SOHO, including Casa de Estudillo, the Golden Hill neighborhood, Goodbody Mortuary’s Ivy Chapel, Rancho Monserate, and Villa Montezuma (aka the Jesse Shepard House).

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:

Series I: Historic Preservation Planning;

Series II: Historic Sites.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection April 13, 2017

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession #810102.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lindsay Banuelos in January 2008 and Samantha Mills in April 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Golden Hill (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Heritage Park
  • Old Town (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Fintzelberg, Nicholas
  • Karp, Louis
  • Mortimer, Lucille
  • Moss, James
  • Mott, William

Subject(s)

  • Historic buildings–Conservation and restoration
  • Historic preservation

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Historic Preservation Planning

Box-folder
Correspondence: HABS, 1970-1971 and undated1:1
Correspondence: From Lucille Mortimer, 1971-1975 and undated1:2
Correspondence: To Lucille Mortimer, 1972-19761:3
Correspondence: Tom Ham, 19731:4
Correspondence: Nicholas Fintzelberg, 1975-19761:5
Correspondence: Miscellanea, 1970-1971 and undated1:6
Heritage Park Planning, 1972-1974

Includes:

Correspondence; development plans; notice of public hearing; and City Planning Commission notes.

1:7
Heritage Park Planning, 1974 and undated

Includes:

Planning reports; documents related to petition of nearby property owners; petition to clarify and revise amendments to planned district; and notes from Louis Karp.

1:8
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 1971-1976

Includes:

Advisory committee members; actions and policies on park development; fiesta recommendations; property map; advisory committee by-laws; and statement of purpose and membership forms.

1:9
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Corporation, 1971-1976

Includes:

Financial documents; bank receipts; and corporation members.

1:10
Save Our Heritage Organization, undated

Includes:

Constitution and by-laws; and economic study by Richard Crisman.

1:11
Surplus Property, 1971-1978

Includes:

Correspondence; minutes of Old Town Coordinating Group; and recommendations report. Subjects include: additional parking and traffic control in Old Town and Heritage Park; and Penasquitos Ranch house.

1:12
Miscellaneous Reports, 1967-1975

Includes:

A guide for development of Old Town for bicentennial; statistical report; Old San Diego Planned District report; and an annual report of California State Parks.

1:13

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 Series II: Historic Sites

Box-folder
Casa de Estudillo, 1967

Includes:

A historical/architectural summary.

1:14
Golden Hill, 1978 and undated

Includes:

A historical overview of Golden Hill and Sherman Heights, and notes on the following homes: Harriett Morris Livingston House (1887), Abel H. Frost House (1896 or 1897), James Scripps House (1906), Samuel Rynearson House (1898), and Hayward-Patterson House (1887).

1:15
Goodbody Mortuary: Ivy Chapel, 1971

Includes:

Correspondence.

1:16
Rancho Monserate, 1971

Includes:

Correspondence.

1:17
Senlis Cottage, 1977-1979

Includes:

Correspondence; recommendation to County Board of Supervisors; financial statement; lease agreements; floor plans and schedule for move.

1:18
Villa Montezuma (Jesse Shepard House), 1970-1973 and undated

Includes:

Reports on use of home; property description; list of board members; correspondence; meeting minutes; caretaker job description; preservation proposals; project budget; application for grant; and other documents regarding the property.

1:19

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