Group releases list of San Diego's endangered landmarks

Posted at 11:48 AM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 14:48:11-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley was added to the 30th annual list of the top 10 endangered landmarks and cultural landscapes in San Diego released Tuesday by the Save Our Heritage Organisation.

SOHO called the facility -- known until recently as Qualcomm Stadium -- "one of the few mid-century designed, multi-purpose stadiums" to remain standing in the United States.

"Innovative design features include the pre-cast concrete, pre-wired light towers and spiral concrete pedestrian ramps," according to SOHO. "The novel form of the stadium -- eight concentric circles -- provides excellent sight lines."

While current proposals for the site include knocking the stadium down, SOHO urged city leaders to adapt the structure for future uses like college football or soccer games.

SOHO, which advocates for maintaining San Diego's historical buildings and sites, as well as unique architectural styles, also criticized the city for continuing to ignore Presidio Park, which it described as "a decaying and unkempt embarrassment," and Balboa Park, where many of the major buildings are behind in their maintenance needs.

Others on the list are:
-- the gymnasium at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, a Mayan-influenced modernist structure the school plans to demolish;
-- the Hillcrest commercial core, where SOHO contends that developers want to build high-rises;
-- the California Theatre and its Caliente Racetrack mural, a dilapidated building scheduled to be knocked down in favor of a mixed-use high-rise;
-- the Granger Music Hall in National City, which SOHO hopes the city will move to a site near Pepper Park and commit to rehabilitation;
-- the unused Teachers Training Annex at the San Diego Unified School District headquarters in University Heights;
-- a two-story farmhouse in Jamul originally built in 1891 that has fallen into disrepair; and
-- the Red Roost and Red Rest Bungalows in La Jolla, 1894 redwood beach cottages that overlook La Jolla Cove.

The stadium, Granger Music Hall and SWC gym are new to the list this year.