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San Diego, California

R.S. Lawrence Development, Inc. teamed with CLB Partners, Inc. to focus development efforts on the Washington Street block between Goldfinch and Falcon Streets.  Included in the project was the restoration of two historic structures, the Ace Drugstore and the Funcheon Building.

Located in the Mission Hills community of San Diego, the Ace Drugstore was constructed on the corner of Washington and Goldfinch Streets in 1913 by its original owner, P.D. Griswold.  With its brick façade and graduated brick cornice, the general building design suggested elements of Classical Revival style architecture.  On the eastern end of the same block, John W. Willmott constructed the “Florence Apartments” in 1929.  The Spanish Revival style structure was renamed the “Funcheon Building” in 1950 by its owners Glen and Ruth Funcheon.  By 1952, the Funcheons had acquired all of the properties on the southern end of the block.  That year, the couple altered their properties by extending a modern-style façade that connected each of the buildings along Washington Street.

Heritage Architecture & Planning was retained by the developers to act as the historic architect.  Despite the 1952 alterations to the Funcheon Building and the Ace Drugstore Buildings, Heritage successfully executed a restoration in a manner that preserved the original historic character of both structures while adhering to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.