On this page we have put together a collection of information to capture some local history on adobe block production, local houses built, and building code references at the time. We continue to add to it whenever we find appropriate articles, including old phone book references.
An advertisement from the L R Green brick factory, date unknown
Another advertisement from 1951:
Below are some vintage articles about local Adobe construction, with some history of the block factory in Escondido, and planned housing tracts of Adobe homes:
An article on the Paxton adobe home in South Escondido, now Hacienda de Vega Mexican Restaurant (closed in October 2017). It’s future is currently unknown.
This article contains information quoted by the L R Green Adobe Block Factory employees about the soil used, block making process, and strength testing requirements and actual strength:
A 2016 “archaeological dig” on the L. R. Green Adobe Block Yard revealed lots of historical information and pictures of old process equipment. If using this article for more than personal information, please note that there are some name misspells and inconsistencies with the stated ownership of the Adobe Block Factory in later years.
A researched chronology and ownership of the Escondido Adobe Block yard:
A great picture and article of the Adobe Block yard from the San Diego Union, 1964:
Two articles from 1953 to 1955, mentioning local adobe building codes at the time
This 1965 article also mentions uniform building codes at the time, the two fully qualified adobe block makers, Standard Oil’s involvement, and the Weir Bros. offices and adjacent Adobe Villas.
Cost (compared to conventional construction) and some code requirements for earthquake reinforcing (at the time) are mentioned in the 1968 article.
Additional articles of Adobe vacation home building in Baja, and of a huge Adobe home in Rancho Santa Fe:
Articles about Pauma Valley Country Club, where several Adobe homes were built:
Article about a Larry Weir design adobe spec. house built in Poway, built as a two family project:
Article about an owner built (with design help from Larry Weir) Adobe home in Vista:
Articles about Forrest Holly, a blind adobe brick-maker and builder from Ramona:
Q and A with Forrest Holly, do Termites eat Adobe?
A 1989 L A Times article, an abstract about adobe building, (and how modern code requirements have cooled it), with Jack Weir:
Another L A Times article from 1975, about a showcase Larry Weir Adobe in San Clemente:
In Memory of L R Green, a pillar of the local community, passed away in January, 1971: