Explore La Jolla’s Architectural Past with “Open Doors” This Weekend

open doors la jolla Join the community on Sunday, November 16 from 11:30am to 2pm for a rare opportunity to explore La Jolla’s Cultural Zone. Discover what makes La Jolla so unique and get an up-close look at the village’s historic architecture and cultural heritage. Now celebrating its 4th year, this open-house style event is a great way for the public to delve into La Jolla’s roots through its beautiful buildings and historic culture.

Design your own Open Doors La Jolla itinerary or join a guided walking tour of the Cultural Zone that departs from The Bishop’s School. Complimentary event parking is available at The Bishop’s School (enter on La Jolla Blvd.)

Here’s a look at the buildings that will be opening their doors to the public:

The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla
Enjoy a tour of this luxury inn, a wonderful example of Irving Gill’s 1913-era Cubist style architecture, followed by refreshments and entertainment in the garden.

The Bishop’s School
Founded in 1909, visitors to the campus can view the School’s historically significant Irving Gill and Carleton Monroe Wilson buildings, as well as tour the recently renovated Ellen Browning Scripps Hall that houses the School’s state-of-the-art kitchen, expanded meeting and dining rooms, black box theatre, choral music rooms, and health center.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
MCASD La Jolla sits on the site of Ellen Browning Scripps’ historic home. Tour MCASD’s current exhibition, Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting while spending time at this historical location. From his early spectral canvases to his recent acrylic collages, Jack Whitten has kept time through his innovative studio process, exploring the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence. Free tours of the exhibition will be held at 11:30am and 12:30pm.

The Cuvier Club
The historic Cuvier Club, originally a WWII USO Hall, has consistently been voted as one of San Diego’s best event venues. Enjoy tasty delights provided by Abbey Catering Co of La Jolla while touring the inside of this beautiful building.

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La Jolla Recreation Center
Tour the historic Recreation Center, designed by Irving Gill, and view artwork depicting coastal La Jolla in a range of mediums by regional artists. The Center will be celebrating their centennial next year, commemorating Ellen Browning Scripps’ donation of both the building and the grounds in 1915.

La Jolla Woman’s Club
Enjoy tours of the historic Irving Gill building along with light refreshments and learn about the history of the Woman’s Club, as well as benefits of membership. See the unique features of the building (which is also celebrating its centennial year) and the upgrades that have recently been made to this venue.

La Jolla Historical Society
The Irving Gill Photographic Project is currently on display in the Wisteria Cottage Galleries. Featuring three contemporary photographers, this exhibition is an adventure into the historical legacy of master architect and famed La Jollan Irving Gill.

St. James-by-the-Sea
Learn about the church’s history, architecture, stained glass windows, and the recent completion of a major renovation project. Enjoy a performance and demonstration of the 60-rank Austin pipe organ and meet “St. James” up close.

Visit their website for more details and information.

[image source: mcasd.org/events]

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Emily Ruchlewicz

Emily Ruchlewicz

News & Feature Writer at http://www.lajollabluebook.com/
Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (emily@lajollabluebook.com)

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