Cliff May and the John A. Smith House

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In August 1933, Cliff May completed his third house.  As he did previously, May held open houses to sell the new home.  During one of the open houses, C. Arnholt Smith, a San… Continue reading

Cliff May’s First Houses – 3130 Shadowlawn Street

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The house at 3130 Shadowlawn Street in San Diego is extremely important. It is Cliff May’s first commission as a builder. A native of San Diego, May designed, constructed, and landscaped his first… Continue reading

Cliff May’s Airplanes

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Cliff May was an avid flyer.  Family and friends recall his many adventures including a plane crash.  If you want to read more about May’s flying and airplanes, a great source is Daniel… Continue reading

Cliff May Before LA to be published

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Mary just received the good news from the Journal of San Diego History that her article on Cliff May’s beginnings in 1930s San Diego has been accepted for publication.  Ten years of research… Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling Challenge

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We live in a typical 1960s split level house that’s just turned 50 and needs some major maintenance and updating.  The current job is the kitchen, which we wanted to update when we… Continue reading