Mission Hills Heritage


Awards & Recognition

May 21, 2015

Debbie Quillin, former Mission Hills Heritage president wins a People In Preservation award from Save Our Heritage Organisation.

People often ask, "If I work hard and persevere, will my efforts be recognized?" Well, the answer is a resounding YES, in the case of our own Debbie Quillin, who was awarded the equivalent of a Preservation Oscar at the recent Save Our Heritage Organisation awards ceremony. The annual ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the preservation or restoration of historically significant structures and neighborhoods. Debbie received the 2015 People in Preservation District Delivered Award. In addition, she was honored with certificates of recognition from the California State Senate signed by Marty Block, the State Assembly signed by Toni Atkins, and the San Diego City Council signed by Sherri Lightner.

Debbie led a team of residents and professionals in a six year effort to expand the Mission Hills Historic District from 75 homes to include an additional 99 homes. Her team included Jill Limber, Pat Olafson, Mary Dilligan, Rosemary Watson, and Margaret Kazmer. The team researched records at various city offices and photographed and prepared architectural descriptions for each of the 99 homes. Ron May and Kiley Wallace of Legacy 106, Inc., reviewed the work. The expanded district includes homes designed and built by master architects and builders such as Nathan Ridgon, Morris Irvin, Fred Jarboe, and many more. Home styles represented are Craftsman, Prairie, and Spanish Eclectic. Benefits to the homeowners include the ability to apply for a Mills Act contract, with possible property tax benefits. The entire area benefits from protection of its community character.

We are so proud of Debbie and her team.

May 23, 2013

Mission Hills Heritage wins the Award of Excellence for Architectural Rehabilitation from the City of San Diego.


The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board has honored Mission Hills Heritage with a 2007 Community History Award. The Historical Resources Board annually recognizes groups and individuals who have made significant contributions to San Diego's Heritage, and Mission Hills Heritage was recognized in the Community History category.


Mission Hills Heritage is excited and proud to be featured in the 2007 Spring/Summer issue (Volume 20, #2) of Style 1900, once the leading Arts and Crafts magazine in the country. We are mentioned in a feature article, "Destinations: San Diego Flowering," as a resource for home tours and general information for Mission Hills (page 63). The article examines the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in San Diego and states, "Arguably, San Diego Arts and Crafts found its highest expression in its domestic architecture and neighborhoods like South Park and North Park...Sunset Boulevard and other winding hilltop streets of Mission Hills are a particular delight..."


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