We are living in an incredibly exciting and slightly absurd moment, namely that preservation is overtaking us.

Rem Koolhaas   Architect

Plan Your Visit

La Jolla Historical Society  |  Wisteria Cottage Gallery
780 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open Noon to 4pm | Wednesday – Sunday or by appointment

Office & Research Center
7846 Eads Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 10am to 4pm | Monday - Friday

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La Valencia has joined the Kind Traveler program and designated the La Jolla Historical Society as the beneficiary.  Book hotel rooms at La Valencia Hotel through the Kind Traveler, and select the La Jolla Historical Society as your designated organization.  The Society will receive a donation of $10 for each night booked, and guests will receive a special promotional package from La Valencia!

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Take a Self-Guided Tour

A Walking Tour of La Jolla Village

This hour-long tour of La Jolla focuses on significant landmarks and is designed to provide insight into the past century of community growth and development. Included are examples of early beach cottages, European architectural styles that developed starting in the 1920s, as well as modern buildings.

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Historic Beach Cottages of La Jolla
Before paved streets, running water, and grand hotels, La Jolla was a village of small cottages that clung to the cliffs and nestled in the canyons along the rising topography of the coastline. Craftsman-style beach cottages were the vernacular architecture of the late-19th century and early-20th century. Of basic design and simple wood construction, the cottages on this driving tour remain a window into early La Jolla.

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Salk Institute
Mid-Century Modern Architecture
The 1950s and 1960s were decades of a remarkably rich creative culture in La Jolla, and a group of modernist architects emerged to spearhead new, influential, and enduring ideas in building design. This driving tour highlights residential, commercial, and academic buildings designed in the modern style and reflecting influences ranging from the Bauhaus to Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Irving Gill's San Diego

The Arts and Crafts movement was becoming popular when Irving Gill (1870-1936) arrived in San Diego in 1893, and his early designs reflect this aesthetic.  By 1908, his mature style characteristic of early modernism was beginning, and he became known for the design of clean facades devoid of ornamentation. Gill is now regarded as a pioneer in the early modern movement in architecture.  This extensive tour of Gill’s designs cover three decades of his work, and ranges from Coronado to Oceanside, La Jolla to Hillcrest and Bankers Hill.

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