La Jolla Historical Society hopes to finish rehabilitation in March

La Jolla Historical Society Executive Director Heath Fox said Wisteria Cottage should reopen for public use the first week of May. Pat Sherman

By Pat Sherman

The La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) is in the final phase of a roughly $875,000 restoration and rehabilitation that will increase and enhance its exhibit space, also making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (specifically, the addition of a lift to transport disabled guests from ground level to the basement, where there is meeting space, a catering kitchen and ADA-complaint bathroom).

Built in 1904 and later sold to E. Virginia Scripps (half-sister of founding La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps), LJHS’s main building, Wisteria Cottage, was first offered as a temporary home for St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (1906-08), which is also undergoing renovations across Prospect Street.

“The work on our office and research center cottage is nearing completion,” LJHS Executive Director Heath Fox stated, via e-mail.

“The work on Wisteria Cottage is progressing very well and we anticipate the contractor, Hill Construction, will be finished on schedule by the beginning of March.”

Afterwards, Fox said LJHS staff has some work to do to ready (Wisteria) Cottage for public use, but that he anticipates re-opening to the public the first week of May.

Fox said there have been no cost overruns on the project, or unforeseen obstacles or challenges.

“Ione Stiegler Architecture and Hill Construction, as well as the members of our own Board Facilities Committee, deserve much credit for cost control and quality maintenance,” Fox said.

The LJHS will hold a series of events and receptions for its capital campaign donors, members and community constituent groups. The public will be welcomed back during a series of free open houses, from noon to 4 p.m. May 4-11, Fox said.

The first gallery exhibition after the reopening will be “Climate Change: Mid-century Modern La Jolla,” which highlights the “remarkably rich, creative culture that developed in 1950s and 1960s La Jolla, when a small circle of postwar modernists emerged to spearhead new ideas in the arts, design and architecture,” Fox said.

The exhibition will include period photographs of modern architecture and objects that were exhibited in La Jolla’s museums and galleries, offered locally in retail showrooms, and made or designed by residents.

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla Historical Society names Heath Fox as new executive director
  2. La Jolla Town Council elects new trustees, hears historical society plans
  3. La Jolla Historical Society seeks information on Balmer School
  4. La Jolla Historical Society officials mark fundraising progress
  5. La Jolla Motor Car Classic hits the road first weekend of April

Short URL:

Posted by Pat Sherman on Jan 30, 2014. Filed under La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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

  • Motorcyclist killed in accident near Del Mar Fairgrounds July 21, 2014
    The motorcyclist killed in a two-vehicle crash near the Del Mar Fairgrounds over the weekend was identified July 21 as a 22-year-old Escondido man. Alexander Mackenzie Williams was headed west on Via de la Valle near Jimmy Durante Boulevard at a high rate of speed shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, when he lost control and swerved into oncoming traffi […]
  • Bestselling author Jojo Moyes discusses her novels with fans at Del Mar Country Club luncheon July 21, 2014
    “On my last book tour, I had a day off in Portland and it was very nice,” said bestselling novelist Jojo Moyes at a luncheon recently held at the Del Mar Country Club. Then she paused, looked around and added, “But I can tell you a day off in La Jolla is better.” The British author definitely knows how to please an audience – as evidenced not just by the war […]
  • Solana Beach employee featured at City Hall Gallery July 21, 2014
    From Monday through Friday, David Kloz works as a management analyst for the city of Solana Beach. When he’s not at work, Kloz is often outside with a camera. A collection of his photos is currently on exhibit at his workplace, the Solana Beach City Hall. It’s the amateur photographer’s first ever show. “I’m curious to see what the response is going to be,” […]