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October 26, 2017
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Historic Preservation

Little Italy Bungalows

Noted master builder, A.H. Hilton, originally built the “Spanish-eclectic” bungalows in 1926 in the heart of Little Italy as workforce housing. The bungalows were designed in a “detached narrow court” fashion. The individual cottages are arranged in a U-plan that includes a long, narrow garden-like walkway. Architect Jonathan Segal has restored the bungalows to their original allure. The 5,000 square foot property has six stand-alone units and one duplex unit for a total of eight rental units. Each of the eight bungalows have their own private outdoor garden space. The property is zoned for high-rise with and F.A.R. of 8. The previous owner let the buildings fall into disrepair and homeless destroyed the units over the past 3 years. Jonathan Segal decided that the eight, 264 square-foot, bungalows should be saved and restored to their former glory. San Diego is in dire need for affordable housing and a greater respect for its architectural history. This project does both.

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    1525 Union St. San Diego CA 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Jonathan Segal

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Jonathan Segal

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Jonathan Segal


  • juanpasalagua

    Clear winner.

  • DonWood

    I don’t like all of Mr. Segal’s work, but love this one, if he doesn’t end up bulldozing them to put up a highrise building someday.

    • Nancy Moors

      Spot on Don.

  • sardonically_irreverent

    What a beautiful project; wish that I could move in!

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