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Restoration begins on Wisteria Cottage

Braces, trash cans and warning tape mark the area around the La Jolla Historic Society’s Wisteria Cottage where restoration work began this week on its iconic pergola. The Irving-Gill designed structure, completed in 1909, will be taken apart board-by-board under the watchful eye of contractor and society board member Don Dewhurst of Dewhurst & Associates.

Once dismantled it will be rebuilt with vintage redwood located in Northern California by board member Tom Grunow, of Grunow Construction. La Jolla architect Trip Bennett of Bennett & Associates developed the architectural plans for the project while local architect David Singer provided extensive counsel during the planning process.