Four vernacular bungalows currently used as rental, multi-family residences in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, were in need of structural repair and cosmetic maintenance. As part of the permitting process, the City of San Diego (City) required the property owner to conduct an historic-era structure assessment on the bungalows due to their age (over 50 years old).
PanGIS was contracted to evaluate the designation of the structures as a historical resource under Criteria A-F as established by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board (HRB). The resource was evaluated in the context of residential development in the Middletown neighborhood, north of downtown, between San Diego’s real estate boom and the Great Depression (1887-1929), in an era of economic upswing and great population growth. The building records indicated that they were constructed in 1914, but documentary research indicated that they were moved to that location in 1924 and 1929 but were probably constructed at an unknown location around 1887. A PanGIS Historic Architect conducted a site survey, historic title search, and extensive archival research to evaluate the bungalows. A report and extensive DPR form were completed. The bungalows were found to be Not eligible for the City of San Diego Historical Resources Register (CSDHRR) under HBR Criteria A-F.