The Cove - Alson Clark

We have an obligation to maintain these that people may be in the presence of forces larger than those of the moment.

Ken Burns   Documentary Film Director and Preservationist

Events Overview

Signature Events

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

April 7-9, 2017  |  Signature Event

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic are community events presented each spring by the La Jolla Historical Society. Visitors from national and international destinations attend The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic to enter the judged competition, or learn about the automobile history. This event serves as a fundraiser, brings commerce to the community during a period off-season of the summer tourist trade, and attracts thousands of visitors to San Diego.  Learn more


The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

May 14, 2016  |  Signature Event

The Secret Garden Tour extends a rare invitation to the public to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest secluded gardens, often concealed from view by strategic growth of mature trees, vines, or foliage. Visitors from throughout San Diego County and beyond view private gardens in the community during this important Society fundraiser.  Learn more


Upcoming Events

San Diego Historical Landmark Plaque

Bungalow to Early Modern: Select Master Architects of La Jolla

March 10, 2016  |  7pm  |  Lecture Series

Lecture & Reception with Ione Stiegler, FAIA
Wisteria Cottage—Balmer Annex

Ione Stiegler, Principal Architect for IS Architecture, will survey architectural styles and key architects who have shaped architectural design in La Jolla. Ms. Stielger was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for her interdisciplinary methodology to historic preservation. Drawing on her expertise, IS Architecture has provided professional services for over 65 historic preservation reports and has restored or rehabilitated over 75 historic structures, many of these in La Jolla.

San Diego Historical Landmark Plaque

Historic Home Designation Workshop

March 12, 2016  |  9-12am  |  Lecture Series

Wisteria Cottage—Balmer Annex
$15 LJHS Members / $20 nonmembers

Workshop topics include: criteria for historic designation, conducting archival research, preparing a historic report, Mills Act property tax reduction for historic properties, and the benefits and challenges of historic home ownership. Speakers include Kelly Stanco, Senior Planner, Historic Resources Section, Planning Department, City of San Diego; Diane Kane, architectural historian; and Trip Bennett, architect.