The ninth annual San Diego Adobe Home Tour, delayed by more than a year by the pandemic, is back on the October 17 schedule, to the delight of avid fans of the historic construction method.
With the theme “Romance of the Rancho,” the self-guided tour will take visitors to four North County properties, in Escondido and nearby Rancho Santa Fe.
The tour includes a historic home built in 1831 and three residences built between 1926 and 1982, representing the spectrum of San Diego County’s adobe heritage. Visitors will get a glimpse of California’s multicultural roots in hacienda rancho and Californian ranch styles, where pioneering immigrant, Spanish and Mexican influences mingled.
This tour highlights the Osuna Adobe, built in 1831 near the village of Rancho Santa Fe. In 1924, Lilian J. Rice, one of San Diego’s first female architects, was commissioned to oversee the restoration and rehabilitation of the old adobe house. This historic property is rarely open to the public.
Further down the Del Dios Highway and atop a hill overlooking Lake Hodges is the Richard Adobe, a gated property with a 1926 house mixing Mexican and Neo-Spanish rancho styles.
In Escondido, participants will visit the Adobe Krichman, a 1958 ranch-style adobe hacienda built by construction company Weir Bros. Adobe, and the Zingheim Adobe, a sprawling 1982 hacienda-style ranch house of postmodern construction.
The Adobe Home Tour was created to promote the unique qualities of adobe houses, whose thick mud brick walls serve as ecological insulation, keeping the house cooler during the day, when it is hot, and warmer. at night when the temperature drops.
Proceeds from the tour will support the Escondido History Center. Ticket holders will receive a full-color program containing information about the history and architectural significance of each house. Docents will be on each site to answer questions and ensure good social distancing by monitoring the flow of visitors inside each home. All COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions in effect at the time of the visit will be in place.
Tickets are available at adobehometour.com or at the Escondido History Center. Ticket receipts can be redeemed on the day of the visit at one of two locations in Escondido and Rancho Santa Fe, for a program that lists the addresses of each of the properties. This is a self-guided tour.
The tour is a volunteer effort of the San Diego Adobe Heritage Association, whose mission is to inspire appreciation and understanding of adobe heritage in San Diego County. The association’s website serves as a resource for adobe homeowners looking to renovate, restore or maintain their adobe home, or for those interested in adobe construction.