Lilian Rice author wins ‘A Monumental Work Award’ from Save Our Heritage Organisation


On the evening of May 23 eight recipients of the People In Preservation Awards from Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) were feted at a special event held at the Point Loma Assembly clubhouse, a restored turn-of-the-century meeting hall.

Each year SOHO, the county’s largest and California’s oldest continuously operating preservation group, has saluted individuals and groups who have helped preserve important aspects of the county’s heritage.

Recognition of those who helped in the fight to save the historical integrity of Balboa Park kicked off the evening. The Plaza de Panama People In The Trenches tribute applauded this major achievement that halted the park’s proposed massive development.

Diane Welch, author, was honored for her 2010 book, “Lilian J. Rice, Architect of Rancho Santa Fe.”

Welch’s Award, “A Monumental Work Award” was one of two that she received that day as County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Third District, also awarded Welch an official Certificate of Recognition in honor of her achievements.

The County award was, “In appreciation of your advancement of historical knowledge about Lilian J. Rice and her importance to the architectural history in our community,” as noted on the certificate.

The SOHO jury was impressed by the level of dedication and determination that Welch, a Solana Beach resident and feature journalist, has shown through her research and subsequent publishing of her book on Lilian J. Rice.

“She brought to highlight Rice’s importance in the architectural history of the region, thereby contributing to the advancement of historical knowledge in the community as well. Diane’s ongoing mission to share the Lilian Rice story is admirable and her efforts to enlighten the public on her life and legacy are to be commended,” said Bruce Coons, SOHO executive director.

Read to learn more about Diane Welch’s work on Lilian Rice.