RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s being offered as “the one and only tour” of the Rowhouses. On May 23, the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will present an opportunity to see the row of homes, inside and out, that were designed by Lilian Rice and built by the Santa
Fe Land Improvement Company.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature homes named for their original owners. The Spurr-Clotfelter Rowhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Nelson Rowhouse, built for Sydney R. Nelson back in 1926, is a home that is deceptive — it’s much larger than it appears from the front facade. The Baker7-Megrew Rowhouse is set back from its neighboring rowhouses. It, too, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Moore Rowhouse, also called Casa Blanca, was designed for Glen Moore in 1926. It is an example of Spanish-colonial revival architecture at its best.
The tour is a fundraiser for the Historical Society and is being underwritten by Norma Wiberg, Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking. Sue Bartow is chairwoman of the event and it promises to be a treat. “It’s coming together very nicely and I think it’s going to be an incredible evening,” Bartow said at a recent board of directors meeting.
Hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine will be served and festive music will set the scene. Admission is $50 per person. This promises to be a rare and unique opportunity to see these historic homes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (858) 756-9291.
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