Architectural influences from Japan, Victorian England and the Mediterranean are just a few of the topics that will be discussed during the La Jolla Historical Society’s newest lecture series: A Century of San Diego Architecture 1859-1950: Influences, Reflections & Transformations.
The series of four lectures, featuring well-respected leaders in the architectural field, will examine the subtle influences that helped shape the community’s character.
Architecture adjunct professor, Diane Kane, Ph.D., will kick off the series on Sept. 17 with “Victorian Architecture from London to La Jolla.” She’ll trace the many early influences of San Diego’s Victorian architecture back to its source in England while exploring its drift across the Atlantic into Southern California.
On Oct. 1, Ted Bosley, director of The Gamble House in Pasadena, will talk about architects Charles and Henry Greene, who were famous mainly for their Pasadena bungalows in the Japanese style, in addition to creating houses influenced by William Morris and the British movement. “Greene & Greene and the English Arts & Crafts in San Diego,” will focus on the architects’ largely overlooked English-style houses, particularly one designed for Mary Marston Kew in San Diego in 1912.
The third lecture will feature Lauren Bricker, professor at Cal Poly Pomona School of Architecture, addressing “The Mediterranean House & The American Riviera.” Bricker will examine key works and architects associated with the region’s unique contribution to the Mediterranean house.
Rounding out the series on Nov. 12 will be architectural historian, critic and author Alan Hess discussing “The Ranch House from San Diego to Suburbia.” Hess will take a fresh look at the history and contribution of the ranch house.
Each lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the historic Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St., La Jolla. Seating is limited so reservations are required by calling (858) 459-5335 or please e-mail
- Each lecture is $10 for Society members and $15 for nonmembers.