We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.

Winston Churchill   


Open House! San Diego

March 23 - 24, 2019

Open House! San Diego architectural tour in collaboration with the San Diego Architectural Foundation

The San Diego Architectural Foundation's Open House San Diego is a free weekend event that offers behind-the-scenes access to buildings located in Downtown San Diego, Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, Barrio Logan, Point Loma and new for 2019 - La Jolla. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of San Diego's diverse neighborhoods - all for free.

La Jolla Landmark Photo Fest

The Landmark PhotoFest invites anyone with a camera, young or old, experienced or novice, to submit photos that help document the visual character of La Jolla today.  Sponsored by the Historical Society Landmark Group, the focus of the project is historic preservation through photographic documentation of architectural design and nature that characterize the community today.  Judges include Karen Noble, Curator Museum of Photographic Arts, and Carol Olten, Historian La Jolla Historical Society.

Optional Topics: historic buildings, village streetscape, natural features - coastal or landscape, and open interpretation. Prizes by Age Level and "Best of Show." Photographs will be printed and mounted for the exhibition. Help document La Jolla's unique character and help us see what's worth preserving!

Deadline for Entries: March 24, 2019 at 5:00pm.

All entries must be submitted digitally, however, you have an option to print your own photograph or we will print an 8" x 10" version. All printed photographs should be labeled on the back with your name, title of photograph, and date.

Printed photographs may be delivered to the La Jolla Historical Society as follows—
• Monday-Friday March 17 - 15, to the LJHS Office & Research Center, 10am-4pm, 7846 Eads Avenue
• Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24, 10am to 4pm, to the Wisteria Cottage Gallery, 780 Prospect Street

Or, printed photographs may be mailed to the following address and must be received by March 23—
La Jolla Historical Society
7846 Eads Avenue

La Jolla CA 92037

Exhibition Opening | Prize Winners Announced: April 7, 2019 at 4:00pm

Exhibition: La Jolla Riford Library | Community Room | April 7 - May 18, 2019

For more information, email landmarkphotofest@gmail.com


The Bungalow: Simple Life to High Style

March 20 | 7:00pm

Lecture by Diane Kane, PhD

La Jolla Historical Society | Balmer Annex

Free Admission

RSVP to lajollalandmarkgroup@gmail.com

Architectural Historian Diane Kane recounts the transformation of the bungalow from its humble origins in rural India to a High Style artistic domicile.  Along the way, discover the bungalow’s role in California as seaside vacation shelter, affordable housing, trolley suburb icon, and Bohemian object of desire.  Join Dr. Kane as she addresses the question:  “How did the 'Simple Life' become so expensive?" 

Young Architects Summer Program

The Young Architects Summer Program is for youth in grades 6 through 12.  Two one-week sessions are taught, and each session is a full five days.  The 2019 camps are scheduled July 22-26 for middle school students and July 29-August 2 for high school students.  Students are introduced to the architectural history of La Jolla, learn space and layout planning, and develop architectural drawing, modeling, and computer skills.  The program is related to possible higher education interests in architecture, architectural history, interior design, and construction-related careers.  Students visit residential buildings in La Jolla that exemplify the work of extraordinary architects from different eras, where they learn on-site recognition of various architectural styles.  Students also visit the studio of a local architect and a construction site.  Each student is provided a learning packet that includes model kits, sketchbooks, and drafting equipment.  Each student is provided a laptop computer with architectural CAD (computer-aided design) software, Sketch-Up, for use during the program.  The camp culminates with each student designing a structure on a designated site based on design criteria specified by the instructors. The students present their designs by Powerpoint to the class, instructors, and parents.  This is the only architectural design and planning summer course available to youth in San Diego County, a unique program offered, organized, and taught by volunteer practicing architects in La Jolla and San Diego.  La Jolla architect Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA, LEED AP, is leading the two session series.

Session 1: Middle School, July 22-26, 2019 | 9:00am-3:00pm | Tuition $700
Session 2: High School, July 29-August 3, 2019 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Tuition $750

Space is limited. Applications are available below. Please print, complete, and mail with payment to:

La Jolla Historical Society | PO Box 2085 | La Jolla CA 92038-2085


Woman Archiving

LJHS Internships

The La Jolla Historical Society offers ongoing opportunities for higher education undergraduate or graduate students to work on archival and content-based projects. Please contact the Society’s staff Archivist.

The Children’s Pool: A Historic Analysis 

La Jolla Riford Branch Library, 7555 Draper Avenue

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00pm | FREE

A presentation by LJHS Board Members Diane Kane PhD and Matthew Mangano PE

Join us for this lively review of the history of the Children’s Pool.  Conceived by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps and her brilliant engineer Hiram Savage, together they planned, designed, and constructed this iconic La Jolla landmark. See historic plans and photographs and learn about the technical challenges, political intrigue, and social benefits of this ground-breaking project. The presenters analyze the changes that have occurred to this National Register-eligible resource over the past 87 years, and invite you to evaluate its importance to La Jolla’s community history.

Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon


Julia Morgan: Designing Women’s Spaces from San Diego to the Redwood Forest

with Karen McNeill, PhD

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was an American architect who designed more than 700 buildings in California during her career.  She was the first woman architect licensed in California.  Morgan is best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and she designed many buildings for institutions serving women and girls, including the YWCA and Mills College.

Karen McNeill, PhD, is a historian based in Oakland, and a leading expert on Julia Morgan.  Dr. McNeill's work focuses on women and gender in the architectural profession and how Progressive Era women used the built environment to expand their roles society as consumers, reformers, educators, and professionals. Dr. McNeill has taught history and architectural history at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been involved in historic preservation, authoring several context statements for major surveys and successfully nominating a range of buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.


$60 LJHS MEMBERS| $70 NON-MEMBERS | Seating is limited

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