The Paxton Adobe/Hacienda de Vega Restaurant
2608 S. Escondido Blvd.
STATUS: POTENTIAL DEMOLITION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF APARTMENTS
HISTORY: Charles Paxton was an adobe home contractor from La Jolla. He and real estate developer Lawrence R. Green had earlier laid out sections of land among nearby orange and avocado groves for a large adobe housing development. By 1948, Paxton completed construction of his model home, thus marking the birth of midcentury modern adobe revival for the Escondido area.
Many original features of the adobe could be viewed within the romantic setting of the Hacienda de Vega restaurant—the former living room with open beam ceilings, a large fireplace; the restored fountain, outdoor bar and swimming pool, now a lily pond. In 1962, the structure was adapted for Pat Brillo’s Adobe Hacienda Mexican restaurant. Ten years later, Benjamin Cueva, Sr., owner of two small eateries in Escondido, purchased Pat Brillo’s and opened Los Amigos. Upon his passing in 1974, his son, Ben, operated the restaurant until he closed it and turned leased it to the Hacienda de Vega Bar and Restaurant opened in 2003.
CITY REPORTS: For project plans and reports from the developer, click here.
PROCESS: A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and response deadline was April 6. Public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council have not yet been scheduled.
The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a hearing, date to be set, to determine whether or not an emergency demolition permit should be issued, followed by a hearing before the City Council.