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

Winston Churchill   


Young Architects Summer Program

Registration now open!

Session 1: Middle School, July 23 - 27, 2018 | 9:00am - 3:00pm | Tuition $700

Session 2: High School, July 30 - August 3, 2018 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Tuition $750

The La Jolla Historical Society hosts week-long summer programs to introduce Middle and High School students to the principles of architecture and its role in the building of community. This program, designed by architects and educators, combines guided tours that explore the breadth of architectural styles represented in La Jolla with practice-based drawing, modeling, and computer workshops. The program is organized and taught by architects in La Jolla and San Diego.   Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA, LEED AP, is lead organizer for the two session series. 


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.

BEtalks: Dialogues on the Built Environment: ADAPTIVE REUSE

BEtalks: Dialogues on the Built Environment is part of the Society’s public program series designed to address the broader issues of the built environment.  The purpose of these programs is to serve as an educational platform that informs the community discussion about land use, development, urban planning, historic preservation, and sustainability.  Within this framework, we invite you to join us for an evening-under-the-stars with case study presentations on the topic of ADAPTIVE REUSE.  Presenters:

Trip Bennett - Shepherd YMCA Fire Station (La Jolla)

David Marshall - The Headquarters (Downtown)

Rebecca (Becky) Stone - Punch Bowl Social (East Village)

James Brown - Bread & Salt (Barrio Logan)

David Hawkins - Structure Lofts (Bankers Hill)

The evening will include “visuals,” a curated selection of adaptive reuse projects from throughout San Diego presented on screen prior to the live program.

Join us on Sunday, October 15, 2017 on the front lawn of Wisteria Cottage. 
Bring low beach chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner.  Complimentary beverages. 
The lawn opens at 5:00pm and the program starts at 6:30pm.
Organized by the La Jolla Historical Society as a program of ARCHTOBERFEST 2017.

Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon



with Tom Mayes, Vice President | Senior Counsel,  National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tom Mayes has written and spoken widely on
why old places matter to people, historic
house museums, and preservation public
policy. For many years, he taught historic
preservation law at the University of Maryland
Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In
2013, he received the National Endowment
for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation,
and wrote a series of essays titled Why Old
Places Matter.


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