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

Winston Churchill   


Historic Designation Workshop

Saturday, March 16 | 9:30am – 12:00am

La Jolla Historical Society, Balmer Annex, Prospect Street at Eads Avenue

Could your home qualify for historic designation? Is your house distinctive, architecturally significant, or recognized as important to history? Learn the criteria for historic designation, its advantages and disadvantages, at this informative workshop. Presentation by staff of the City of San Diego Historical Resource Board on preparations for City review. Copies of the La Jolla Landmark Group’s “Tips forLa Jolla Homeowner’s Seeking Historic Designation” and applications for designation provided.

Space is Limited

LJHS Members: $10 | General Public $25

Presented by the La Jolla Landmarks Group


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.

Young Architects Summer Program

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

SOLD OUT. 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. 

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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