AKA: Rancho Santa Fe Civic Center, CA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - civic centers

Designers: Mead and Requa, Architects (firm); Rice, Lilian Jeannette, Architect (firm); Francis H. Mead (architect); Richard Smith Requa (architect); Lilian Jeannette Rice (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad purchased the 8,825-acre Rancho San Dieguito in 1906; it planted drought-resistant eucalyptus trees for use as railroad ties, but later found the wood splintered too easily for the purpose; in 1922, after the construction of the Lake Hodges Dam in 1917, the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company began residential development in earnest, acquiring the services of San Diego architects, Mead and Requa, to guide the design process; at this time, the the pioneer woman architect, Lilian Rice, was working in the Mead and Requa Office; working for Mead and Requa and independently, Rice organized the new suburban development of Rancho Santa Fe around the Paseo Delicias, making it the civic center of the project;

PCAD id: 5747