For Immediate Release; Contact: Rozanne Cherry; Phone: (760) 839-4536

In observance of Historic Preservation Month, the City of Escondido will present the following awards at the May 23, 2012 City Council meeting on behalf of the Historic Preservation Commission:

  •  Historic Research Award: Lucy Berk, for her lifelong dedication to historic preservation.
  • Adaptive Reuse Award: J & W Lumber, located at 1179 W. Washington Avenue for turning Escondido’s original airport site into a successful retail business and adapting an airplane hangar to their needs.
  • Historic Sign Preservation Award: Wagon Wheel Restaurant, located at 427 W. Mission Avenue for the continued maintenance and preservation of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant signs, including an iconic sputnik.
  • Special Merit Award: Union Bank, located at 303 W. Grand Avenue for maintaining the bank building’s unique architectural elements
  • Best Appearance Award: The Rocco Residence, a Craftsman bungalow located at 209 E. 4th Avenue for consistently keeping its gardens immaculate in appearance and successfully adapting them to a commercial use.
  • Historic Preservation Award: 1150 Chestnut Street for continued historically-appropriate and immaculate maintenance of the 1950 house originally built by the Sweet family.

In addition, Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Rea will give a brief presentation on the economic benefits of historic preservation. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Escondido City Hall located at 201 N. Broadway. Council meetings are also aired live on Channel 19 (for Escondido Cox Communications customers), streamed live on the Web and archived at and are replayed on Channel 19 on Sunday and Monday at 6 p.m.