La Jolla Historical Society seeks information on Balmer School

This undated class photo from the Balmer School at Wisteria Cottage was taken along Eads Avenue. Courtesy La Jolla Historical Society


As the La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) prepares to renovate exhibit space at Wisteria Cottage this spring, the society is seeking help answering questions about its iconic structure at 780 Prospect St.

This undated class photo was taken on steps of a west entry to Wisteria Cottage. The steps were later removed and the door in-filled at an unknown date. Courtesy

LJHS’s Preservation Committee needs help answering the following questions about Wisteria Cottage during the period it was home to the Balmer School (which became La Jolla Country Day School):

• When was the front porch in-filled, and did it exist in 1942 when the school opened?
• How many grades and schoolrooms did the Balmer School include?
• Was the kitchen removed before the school opened, or was it still in use after it opened in 1942?
• Do any former students or teachers remember hot lunches being prepared on-site?
• Did the structure include a teacher’s room? If so, where was it located?
• How did the school use the porch and former maid’s quarters?
• Did the Balmer School have an administrative office? If so, where was it located?
• How was the attic used?
• Do any former students or teachers remember exterior doors added to the school?

Wisteria Cottage was built in 1904 and briefly occupied by the Seaman family before being sold to E. Virginia Scripps, half-sister of La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps (it was bequeathed to the society by Ellen Revelle in 2008).

Anyone with information should contact the society at (858) 459-5335 or e-mail Diane Kane at

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1 Comment for “La Jolla Historical Society seeks information on Balmer School”

  1. Helen Henderson Cartwright

    This top photo is my second grade class at The Balmer School. The school year was 1957-58 and the teacher was Mrs. Lewis. I can ID almost every child in this photo if you would like that information. Also have answers to some, although not all, of the questions above.
    Let me know if I can be of help! Sincerely, Helen Cartwright

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