We’re thrilled and proud to have been nominated for a San Diego Orchid Award!
Alcazar Court is a landmark example showcasing what San Diego’s cherished bungalow courts have the potential to become. The inclusion of modern amenities, attention to historic details and embrace of outdoor living have turned this into one of the most beloved and recognizable properties in the heart of Hillcrest.
Owner Donna McLoughlin had a vision to transform the bungalows into vacation rental units with historic character married to modern conveniences. She preserved as much of the 1924 fabric as possible, bringing the wood windows back, refinishing and repairing wood floors, trim, and moldings. Working with the original floor plans, her dedicated team carved out a galley kitchen, livable bedroom and dining areas, and a spa-style bathroom in each unit.
The newly updated courts have enhanced the neighborhood and revitalized a prominent corner in Hillcrest. They have also demonstrated to San Diego what can become of our historic Bungalow Courts when given the proper investment. One would hope that more local Bungalow Courts follow a similar path forward.
Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, dedicated to the education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.
The success of the program relies heavily upon the citizens of San Diego; public nominations and feedback about the nominations published on the O&O website are integral to planning, growth and future development of our city.
Each year, a jury of design professionals and artists is selected to determine the official Orchids & Onions based upon public submissions in categories including: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, historic preservation and miscellaneous. The online People’s Choice Vote gauges San Diegans’ opinions about the state of their region. The culmination is an awards presentation, promoting awareness and practical discourse about the state of our region.