Historic Coronado Home Saved From Demolition

Home Was Built By Architect Homer Delawie In 1960s

A compromise is in the works over a home in Coronado that was facing demolition.

The house located on Glorietta Street was built by master architect Homer Delawie in the 1960s and is considered to be historically significant.

Delawie, a renowned leader in modernist architecture, designed some of San Diego's most recognizable sites, including the Bea Evenson Fountain at Balboa Park and the clock tower in downtown San Diego.

Mark Gosselin bought the home last April for $1.7 million and was planning to tear it down to build a larger one. He disputes the home's historical significance.

"He did some notable residential work. This is not one of them. It's not even mentioned in his book and so forth. It wasn't one of his notable works," Gosselin said during a Coronado City Council meeting last month.

Council members voted to withhold issuing a demolition permit in a closed session.

Many Coronado residents believe the home should be saved, including Bruce Coons, executive director of the Save Our Heritage Organisation.

"This is one of only two mid-century masterpieces that are in Coronado. It's in a very prominent location and, as such, is very, very rare over there," Coons said.

According to Coons, the two sides have been working on a compromise that is mutually beneficial to both the owner and the community.

"So they can realize a return on their investment because this is really an investment property and preserve the building as well," he said.

Coons said Gosselin has indicated he will build an addition to the home instead of demolishing it.

Next month, the California Office of Historic Preservation will consider the property for nomination to the National Historic Registry.