Architect aims to help La Jollans understand ‘future is not set’

By Dave Schwab

How well La Jolla has fared in protecting its architectural heritage will be the subject of David Marshall, the seventh of 10 architects in La Jolla Historical Society’s Contemporary Architects Making History series.

David Marshall

“La Jolla is one of the richest repositories of local history and so there is a lot to lose potentially — and a lot has been lost,” said Marshall, who will speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St.

Noting La Jolla is one of those communities whose architectural integrity is increasingly threatened by development, Marshall said he intends to remind people that “the future is not set.”

Marshall said the goal of his presentation is for participants to have “a better understanding of where La Jolla came from, how it developed and where it’s going.”

He will be showing examples of how La Jolla has developed over the years, “some of the positive (preservation) steps, some of the steps backward, and unfortunately some of the losses people may have not yet realized,” he said.

Marshall’s lecture will employ a novel approach: a slideshow presentation including a vintage postcard collection.

“One of my hobbies is collecting historical postcards and I’ve got about 200 of Jolla which I will be selecting images of, combining them with present-day images to show how much has stayed the same or completely changed,” he said.

Marshall is eminently qualified to address architectural history. Previously president of Save Our Heritage Organisation, the oldest continually operating historic preservation organization in California, Marshall was also a member of the city’s Historical Resources Board which judges the historicity of dwellings.

As a member of Wayne Donaldson’s firm, now Heritage Architecture & Planning, Marshall was involved in restoring and rebuilding many of Balboa Parks’ landmark buildings — The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Museum of Man and House of Hospitality. He also worked on incorporating historic buildings into downtown San Diego’s Petco Park.

Above all, Marshall said he would like to stress the importance of historical preservation.
“People need to be aware of their past, and they need to understand what’s important about their past,” he said noting, “The clock keeps ticking.”

For more information about Marshall and his work visit

• 7 p.m. Aug. 25
• Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St.
• Tickets: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

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