La Jolla Historical Society receives $75,000 grant

Virginia Scripps at Wisteria Cottage c.1920  Photographer unknown, La Jolla Historical Society Collection
Virginia Scripps at Wisteria Cottage c.1920 Photographer unknown, La Jolla Historical Society Collection
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Virginia Scripps at Wisteria Cottage c.1920 Photographer unknown, La Jolla Historical Society Collection

From La Jolla Historical Society Reports

La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) received a $75,000 grant from the Hind Foundation to support its renovation and rehabilitation of Wisteria Cottage, at the corner of Prospect Street and Eads Avenue.

The grant will be applied to the preservation of Wisteria Cottage, the oldest remaining structure of the South Moulton Villa estate (developed by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1898), and a key component of the LJHS’s campus.

A nearly complete renovation of Wisteria Cottage includes the transformation of its interior rooms into museum-quality galleries for exhibitions and public programs. Reopening celebrations will take place the first week of May.

Established in 2006 by Greg and Jane Hind, the Hind Foundation provides funding for important projects that have enduring benefits to communities, primarily in California. Its purpose is the preservation of cultural heritage with an emphasis in music and visual arts, plant and wildlife conservation, historic landmark restoration, land conservation and ecosystem conservation projects.

Wisteria Cottage served originally as the guest cottage for “Moulton Villa,” the large adjacent home of Ellen and Virginia Scripps.

In 1907, the sisters hired master architect Irving Gill to remodel the Craftsman design and horticulturalist Kate Sessions (the “Mother of Balboa Park”) to develop its landscaping. Guests could walk directly to Moulton Villa from the cottage’s south facing entry, through terraced gardens framed by low cobblestone walls, still visible today. The gardens were open to the public and served as a focal point for the fledgling village.

Landmark status was granted to Wisteria Cottage in 1982 for its design, intact landscape and the century-long association with the Scripps family.

The Scripps/Revelle family deeded the 1904 Craftsman cottage, garage, and intact landscaping to the LJHS in 2008. More information at

lajollahistory.org

   
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