By Danielle Daitch
It’s fitting that a Jan. 15 Historic Designation Workshop will be held at La Jolla’s Wisteria Cottage, which was built in 1904 and designated a San Diego landmark in 1982.
The La Jolla Historical Society and the San Diego Historic Resources Board (HRB) will host the program at the cottage, located at 780 Prospect St., where the society holds events and exhibits. The three-hour workshop begins at 9 a.m. and will focus on helping La Jollans determine whether their property is eligible for historical distinction based on the city’s criteria.
Society board member Leslie Davis explains why La Jolla is the ideal place for such a workshop: “La Jolla has an extraordinary number of historically significant structures, and many homeowners are interested in the process of designating their homes. “
Speakers will present information and handouts outlining what it takes for a structure to be deemed worthy of historic designation, detailing the process from collecting archival research to presenting it for City review. Historical Review Board members and owners of historic homes will be on hand for any questions.
According to Dr. Diane Kane, a member of the Preservation Committee of the Historical Society, ”all (speakers) are either former or current city staff or Historical Resources Board members, so they are among the most knowledgeable people in San Diego regarding preservation issues.”
Kane formerly worked as a senior planner for the Historical Resources Section of the City Planning and Community Investment Department. She will focus on information on architectural styles that meet designation criteria.
Other speakers include local architect Ione Stiegler, president of the California Preservation Foundation. She will explain how to maintain the historic value of a property while adjusting to modern living.
Vonn Marie May is a landscape architect and a historic preservation consultant. She will detail the research process and outline how to write a successful designation report.
Kelley Stanco, a senior planner with the City’s Planning and Community Investment Department, will highlight the responsibilities and benefits of historic property ownership.
Linda Marrone is a Coldwell Banker Realtor and a certified Historic & Architectural specialist. An owner of a historically designated home herself, Marrone will address how designation increases a property’s market value.
The workshop costs $10 for Historical Society members and $15 for non-members.
Space is limited. Reserve by calling (858) 459-5335, ext. 9 or e-mail
A complete list of historically designated homes can be found at