Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc. Since 1987

La Jolla Landmark
Business Since 1987
Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.

Photo by Mark Lyon

Incunabula (in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh) 1. the earliest stages of something; beginnings.

I graduated from Cal Poly Pamona in 1978, moved out and started looking for a job. It was a tough time and I must have applied to every Architectural office in San Diego. I finally got a break with Don Reeves and Associates. Don was great and I learned a lot. I was exposed to a wide variety of work; Military, Commercial and Historical Restoration. I worked for Don for five years and was then asked by Architect Wayne Donaldson to run his office. Wayne specialized in Historical Restoration and Downtown San Diego was a happening place in the 80’s.

When I left Wayne’s office I was doing a lot of Bank and S&L work. I opened my office in April 1987 with little fan fare and a small group of friends. We called it the Incunabula, the “Birth or Beginning” and I went from 0-60 in four seconds. Then in 1991 it all collapsed and in two weeks I had lost almost all my Bank Clients, which was about 75% of my workload. I had eight employees who had all become very close and in a few months I had to let them all go. This was a very difficult time. The silver lining was, I did not have a lot of debt and while looking for small jobs, I started doing residential work. I loved it! I began working with homeowners and families. Residential work was what I wanted to do. One of the great joys is that I have become friends with many of my Clients. To hear them tell me how much they love their homes, keeps me excited and eagerly looking forward to the next project.

I would like to sincerely thank all my Clients. Your support and friendship has enriched my life more than I can explain.

Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.
410 Bird Rock Ave. · 858.459.1171

Related posts:

  1. Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc. Since 1987
  2. Meanley & Son Ace Hardware Since 1948
  3. Heinz Gietz since 1969
  4. San Diego Optical Company Since 1931
  5. La Jolla Vacuum Center Since 1957

Short URL:

Posted by Graig Harris on Mar 8, 2012. Filed under La Jolla Landmark Businesses. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team tops in division at 2014 Albion Cup July 25, 2014
    The Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team took first place in the 2014 Albion Cup (Girls U9 Cup) on July 18-21. They beat Carlsbad United’s top GU9 team in the semi-finals and went on to shut out Strikers FC in the finals, 4-0. Awesome tournament play by the entire team! […]
  • Surf Academy Select BU9 win it all at Albion Cup July 25, 2014
    San Diego Surf Academy Select BU9 won it all at the Albion Cup July 19-21! After winning their Showcase division by going unbeaten all weekend, they defeated Legends FC 4-1 in the finals on Monday. This is the second year in a row this team has won the Albion Cup. […]
  • Pushing boundaries July 24, 2014
    Few issues cause parents more distress than changes in school boundaries. Who can forget the tumult when in 2002 the Del Mar Union School District moved hundreds of families from one attendance area to another? Resentment still lingers, 12 years later. The San Dieguito Union High School District created its system of boundaries nearly 18 years ago that has w […]