The La Jolla Historical Society and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego are joining forces this year to present Irving J. Gill: Illustrating New Architecture, a collaborative exhibit that displays the famed architect’s presentation of building design and his integration of architecture in the landscape. Gill’s work is seen all over La Jolla, and is well known for his artistic eye; much of his work was done as hand-drawn sketches and watercolors, often with a mixed color palate. Continue reading
This year’s Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla, Saturday, May 14th, will highlight “California Living in Outdoor Rooms” with six gardens plus a bonus garden for Platinum Tour ticket holders. The tour gives the public a rare opportunity to wander through the gardens and courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most beautiful Secret Gardens. Continue reading
The La Jolla Historical Society will be hosting an event centered around the rich history of La Jolla on Thursday, August 20, featuring photographs and silent films from the late 1800’s and 1900’s. Take a step back in history while you enjoy wine and appetizers at this unique event!
The La Jolla Historical Society has been hosting the Secret Garden Tour every May since 1998, when it began with a simple goal: to raise awareness for the Historical Society and promote a sense of cultural preservation. What started as a way to get the community of La Jolla interested in preservation has grown into a treasured and consistently sold-out annual event. Explore a side of La Jolla that’s normally hidden from the public eye and discover a handful of botanical gems on May 16.
The La Jolla Historical Society has been a La Jolla institution since its inception in the 1940s; since then, its buildings have changed functions, titles, and hands several times. From the 40s until the early 60s, The Cottage (known today as Wisteria Cottage) served as The Balmer School and was later renamed La Jolla Country Day School. Then from the 60s until 2005, the structure served as a bookstore – first under the name Nexus and most recently the John Coles Bookstore. In 2008, the 1904 Craftsman-style cottage, garage, and surrounding structures were deeded to the Historical Society through the Scripps/Revelle family. The La Jolla Blue Book took a few minutes to chat with Heath Fox, Executive Director of the Society, to learn about its long history and recent renovations.