La Jolla Historical Society

La Jolla Historical Society The La Jolla Historical Society inspires and empowers the community to make La Jolla's diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life. Office: 7846 Eads Avenue - By appointment only 10am to 4pm Monday - Friday Gallery: 780 Prospect Street Open Noon to 4pm Thursday – Sunday Free Admission!
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Great article about San Diego's Crucial Role in Getting Women the Vote and Ellen Browning Scripps' role in pushing for w...
11/03/2020

Great article about San Diego's Crucial Role in Getting Women the Vote and Ellen Browning Scripps' role in pushing for women’s suffrage. “San Diego helped California come through for suffrage, and that was a shot in the arm for the national movement,” said University of San Diego historian Molly McClain, author of a 2017 biography of Scripps. “What happened here mattered.” https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/news/suffragette-city-san-diegos-crucial-role-in-getting-women-the-vote/

10/29/2020
Halloween in San Diego 1966

Just in time for Halloween, this wonderful CBS 8 - San Diego News video from 1966 showing window painting on Girard Ave! The stores, cars and clothing will make you feel nostalgic! What are your memories of Halloween window painting? Thanks to Barb Johnson Nielsen for sending us the video! https://youtu.be/qKDXqJqIBBY

This beautifully clear footage from the News 8 archives features window decorating in La Jolla, carnivals at San Diego elementary schools, spooky decorations...

We are so sorry to hear the news that La Jolla’s Red Roost and Red Rest cottages, considered The Village’s oldest struct...
10/27/2020
Fire destroys La Jolla's historic Red Rest cottage and damages Red Roost

We are so sorry to hear the news that La Jolla’s Red Roost and Red Rest cottages, considered The Village’s oldest structures, were seriously damaged by fire early Oct. 26. The fire department has called the cause of the blaze “undetermined". Our Heath Fox went to the site to examine the damage, He said “You can see all the way through to the back; the roof has collapsed, the steps in the front are burned. The damage looks, from the street, to be very severe”. Speaking for the owners, La Jolla architect Paul Benton said their intent was to preserve the property as much as possible until the cottages could be rehabilitated or restored. Benton said the owners are committed to restoring them to historical accuracy. We are all hopeful that they reconstruct Red Rest and rehabilitate Red Roost to their former glory. https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2020-10-26/fire-destroys-la-jollas-historic-red-rest-cottage-and-damages-red-roost

La Jolla’s Red Roost and Red Rest cottages, considered The Village’s oldest structures, were seriously damaged by fire early Oct. 26.

Many of you know that Ellen Browning Scripps, the journalist and philanthropist who was the founding donor of several ma...
10/18/2020

Many of you know that Ellen Browning Scripps, the journalist and philanthropist who was the founding donor of several major institutions in La Jolla, was born today, October 18, 1836. But did you also know that La Jolla Park was renamed Ellen Browning Scripps Park on this day in 1927?
Situated atop a stony bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this 5.6-acre park was originally part of the purchase of 400 acres of former pueblo lands by speculator Frank Botsford in 1886. One year later, Botsford and business partner George Heald surveyed and subdivided the land to create a coastal village called La Jolla Park. Inspired by the nineteenth-century City Beautiful Movement, the two men set aside a segment of land adjacent to the La Jolla Cove for use as a public park. The development of the park was, in part, guided by New York City landscape architect Samuel Parsons, who encouraged the planting of salt resistant flora, including the cypress tree groves, which have since become an integral feature of the landscape. Known alternatively as La Jolla Park and La Jolla Shoreline Park, the landscape was renamed Ellen Browning Scripps Park in 1927 in honor of the local journalist and philanthropist.

We're so happy to announce we are re-opening Thursday Oct 15th! Visitor occupancy will be limited to 30 at a time in  Wi...
10/12/2020
La Jolla Historical Society to reopen Oct. 15 and continue 'Tijuana 1964' exhibit

We're so happy to announce we are re-opening Thursday Oct 15th! Visitor occupancy will be limited to 30 at a time in Wisteria Cottage Gallery and one person at a time (or a maximum of two from the same household) in the Office & Research Center. If you missed our exhibit “Tijuana 1964: The Photography of Harry Crosby,” or want to see it again, it will be on display through Jan 10th. You can read more about the exhibit and other upcoming activities in this article. https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2020-10-09/la-jolla-historical-society-to-reopen-oct-15-and-continue-tijuana-1964-exhibit

With the intent of a sustained opening, the La Jolla Historical Society will reopen Thursday, Oct. 15, with new coronavirus-related restrictions.

Another great "This month in La Jolla History" from La Jolla Light Newspaper! Board member Molly McClain provides insigh...
10/06/2020
This Month in La Jolla History: Prolific philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps was born 184 years ago

Another great "This month in La Jolla History" from La Jolla Light Newspaper! Board member Molly McClain provides insights into Ellen Browning Scripps, who was born 184 years ago, from her book “Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money & American Philanthropy.”
Also, on Oct. 11, 1899: the first telephone in La Jolla was installed, in the home of Dr. Foster Post.
These wonderful factoids and more for the month of October!
https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2020-10-05/this-month-in-la-jolla-history-prolific-philanthropist-ellen-browning-scripps-was-born-184-years-ago

This Month in History is a recurring feature in the La Jolla Light highlighting local happenings from yesteryear.

The San Diego Public Library, San Diego Writers, Ink, Write Out Loud and La Jolla Historical Society invite San Diego Co...
10/01/2020
San Diego Decameron Project

The San Diego Public Library, San Diego Writers, Ink, Write Out Loud and La Jolla Historical Society invite San Diego County authors to submit stories for the San Diego Decameron Project. The project seeks 100 stories based loosely around the theme of the current pandemic. In 2021, selected authors will have their stories posted on one of the collaborating organizations websites. The 10 most compelling stories will be read by Write Out Loud actors and presented virtually and/or in person. To learn more or to submit a story visit https://lajollahistory.org/education/san-diego-decameron-project/

The San Diego Public Library, San Diego Writers Ink, Write Out Loud, and the La Jolla Historical Society invite San Diego County authors to submit stories for the San Diego Decameron Project. This project is inspired by a book written shortly after the Black Death overtook Florence in 1348, and is a...

They called it Braemar, named after the remote 17th century Scottish castle and hunting retreat in the isolated lands of...
09/21/2020

They called it Braemar, named after the remote 17th century Scottish castle and hunting retreat in the isolated lands of the Aberdeens. They were Frederick Tudor Scripps, one of the last in the line of James Mogg Scripps many children who built the great newspaper empire of the 19th century, and Sarah Emma Jessop, oldest daughter of Joseph Jessop, the foremost jewelry family in San Diego for more than a hundred years. Fred and Emma (preferred over her given first name) married in 1893 despite disproval of the Scripps family. In 1901 Fred, a frequent investor in real estate, purchased six acres of bayside land in Pacific Beach and built Braemar in 1906 as the new home for his wife and children in an area of Pacific Beach that was made up of mostly fruit orchards.

Braemar, the estate, grew into a large Tudor mansion with a surround of many buildings. Notable amidst the architecture were a Music Room (also called Fun Land), a replica of the Mayflower used as a playhouse, and a 24-by-35-ft. dining area with arched beams that could seat 75 persons. In the mid 1920's the dining room, (which was moved and became the Rose Creek Cottage 1900), was added on so that Mrs. Scripps could entertain in an even grander fashion. A bridge led to a garden folly in the Chinoiserie style built out onto the bay. Frederick Sr. died in 1935. After Emma’s death in 1954, Braemar was demolished and became Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa and grounds.

Great article featuring a story by our board member Professor Molly McClain about the "new" Scripps Memorial Hospital - ...
09/16/2020
This Month in History: Glimpses into La Jolla’s past

Great article featuring a story by our board member Professor Molly McClain about the "new" Scripps Memorial Hospital - new that is, in 1924! The idea for the hospital came to Ellen Browning Scripps “while recovering from a broken hip in a poorly equipped sanitarium in La Jolla,” according to historical information. This and more La Jolla history can be found in "This Month in History":
https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2020-09-15/this-month-in-la-jolla-history-glimpses-into-la-jollas-past

This Month in History is a recurring feature in the La Jolla Light highlighting local happenings from yesteryear.

Please welcome our new interns for academic year 2020-21! Calvin King and Aaron Morales are UC San Diego history majors ...
09/14/2020

Please welcome our new interns for academic year 2020-21! Calvin King and Aaron Morales are UC San Diego history majors and their internships are funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). They are working on a database project preparing the La Jolla Historical Society archive so it can be accessible on the Online Archive of California. We are so happy to have them working on this very important project! #ucsdah #ucsdhistory #sandiegomuseumcouncil #sandiegoartsandculture

RSVP to attend the Council District 1 Candidate Forum on Arts & Culture tonight Thursday, Sept 10 at 5:30pm.  Council Di...
09/10/2020

RSVP to attend the Council District 1 Candidate Forum on Arts & Culture tonight Thursday, Sept 10 at 5:30pm.

Council District 1 includes La Jolla, University City, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch & Del Mar Mesa. If you live or work in this district, learn what the candidates have to say about Arts & Culture. Your attendance demonstrates just how important Arts & Culture are to you. Join this Zoom Webinar from 5:30pm - 6:50pm and learn more about Will Moore and Joe LaCava.

Click here to register http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Zjn9xs1-90X7u_9PjEQc14kizoCYXVQGbtIfVh3m8fhgnaMbVoep6oV_SeKnQs_xEO85TPXELMBeobSY4yZpav4IIs46gZ9_1089qhxmv-R6a6zBbow1KbxW_C9eI6y_gtc3u9LgTvjkQSlp7dawXZ9UIoWyI9i2xpr4FdTT91cas0hg4hhJ7vdnkM8LOOn2W4vQzVb3SXdCFk3IAAe4ypKaXb-874u2rGB7Y3mY4o54CjGe5whxxDU0cWVtGXUVvA8TxC48v2_y9U-FnceGNuHX48k4210luniDhBa5wpL4djcPe0IKLw87CBX4PnkzuCQIbbO88c6jWGpJsbQWCuGF0CcKNUn00nu3DqLJoV5D3bIRJEqyx1m5jq1a5BS4&c=cD4uifRbYFgzGlRG_rmm7BTlCma42RdozfVzYHTgQO2iTgakEnYbVw==&ch=sqAXpsdUncNe8lG4bGRlDbyE_mVx7110hhGK53-h9dvMFXOq9KdGtA==

Sponsored by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition and Arts+Culture:San Diego

As hot as this weekend is supposed to be, it was even hotter on September 26th 1963, when 111 degree temperatures (yes, ...
09/05/2020

As hot as this weekend is supposed to be, it was even hotter on September 26th 1963, when 111 degree temperatures (yes, 111 degrees in La Jolla!) drove members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to move beach chairs into the ocean to cool off. Not a bad idea! Stay cool everyone!

It's an understatement to say back to school in 2020 is a lot different than it has been in previous years. Today we tak...
09/03/2020

It's an understatement to say back to school in 2020 is a lot different than it has been in previous years. Today we take a look back at our local schools in days gone by. So whether you attended La Jolla High, The Bishop's School, Balmer School/La Jolla Country Day or any of the La Jolla elementary schools (some of which, such at Decatur and Scripps, are no longer operating as public schools) we hope these photos bring back good memories.

Katherine Olivia (Kate) Sessions was born on Nob Hill in San Francisco November 8, 1857. She entered the University of C...
08/30/2020

Katherine Olivia (Kate) Sessions was born on Nob Hill in San Francisco November 8, 1857. She entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1877, where she studied science and graduated in 1881. Her horticultural career began after teaching briefly at San Diego High School in 1884. As owner of a flower shop and nurseries in San Diego, she became a central figure in national horticultural circles with her landscaping, plant introductions, and classes.
Together with Alfred D. Robinson she co-founded the San Diego Floral Association in 1907, the oldest garden club in Southern California. The garden club was influential in teaching San Diegans how to grow ornamental and edible plants, at a time when most San Diego landscaping consisted of dirt and sagebrush.
It is in Balboa Park that the legacy of Kate Sessions is most obvious. She leased land in what was then called "City Park" in 1892 for a nursery and planted one hundred trees a year. She is called the "Mother of Balboa Park" and a bronze statue of her was erected there in 1998. Kate Sessions Elementary school in Pacific Beach bears her name, as does Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park on Mount Soledad. Kate Sessions died in San Diego March 24, 1940.
To learn more about Kate Sessions, check out "The Complete Writings of Kate Sessions in California Garden New Edition" available at http://www.sdfloral.org Kate Sessions published hundreds of articles in San Diego Floral Association’s magazine and all are captured in this new book. Her enthusiasm and knowledge add depth to the incisive, readable and informative articles in this book, many of which are as useful today as when written. The book is illustrated with vintage nursery advertisements and rare historic photographs.

Today is the last day to bid on our experience auction items which support La Jolla Historical Society. Bid on a Beach P...
08/28/2020

Today is the last day to bid on our experience auction items which support La Jolla Historical Society. Bid on a Beach Picnic at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, A Very Virtual Guided Wine Tasting, A Private Educational Cocktail Class, An Intimate Walking Tour of Historic La Jolla, A Guided Tour of Balboa Park and Spreckels Organ Pavilion, A Behind the Scenes Tour of San Diego Railroad Museum & Fabulous Scarf & Necklace! There are limited number of chances available so you have a great shot at winning one of these fabulous items. Learn more:
https://lajollahistory.org/events/secret-garden-tour/

Did you know the Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla is the oldest existing original hotel in La Jolla? The Colonial Apartme...
08/26/2020

Did you know the Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla is the oldest existing original hotel in La Jolla? The Colonial Apartments and Hotel, as it was known when it opened on February 1st, 1913, was the talk of the town and a foundation for the community. The two original owners were A.B. Harlan and George Bane. The original white, wood-framed Colonial Apartments and Hotel, designed by Richard Requa who was the master architect of the California Exposition in Balboa Park, was described as, “a perfectly appointed apartment hotel, with the finest sun parlor and lobby overlooking the ocean on the Pacific coast.”
Bane, who became sole owner of the Colonial in 1920, realized the tourist potential of this picturesque seaside town and decided to give the Colonial a whole new look. In 1925, he commissioned architect Frank Stevenson to design a hotel that would “rival anything in the West.” It was a huge undertaking. The existing building was moved to the rear of the property and a new, four-story, concrete, mixed-use building was erected in its place. Completed in 1928 and boasting 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms, the new Colonial Hotel had the first sprinkler system west of the Mississippi; solid, unsupported, reinforced cement stairways and fire doors that still exist in the structure. Even with its safety features, the Colonial was breathtaking. The “sunburst” design of windows and semi-circle domes of leaded glass above the French doors uniquely captured the sunlight and drew it into the hotel. Inside, the new interior included colonial fireplaces with marble hearths, ornate chandeliers and richly colored sofas and chairs. Rooms were available for $25 to $50 per month.
The La Jolla Drugstore, next door to the Colonial, was soon woven into its history. In 1926, the store was purchased by Kansas native Silas O. Putnam and moved inside the Colonial’s main building when it opened in 1928. Putnam had spent one winter in Southern California’s temperate climate and decided to make La Jolla his home. After he bought the drugstore and moved it to its new home, he added an ice cream parlor on the sidewalk that served up chocolate sodas and banana splits. The drugstore became a prime location for locals to gather, talk and watch the few passersby. The pharmacist, employed by Putnam, considered it a big day if he filled more than three prescriptions. Well loved by the townspeople, the pharmacist was also the father of Gregory Peck. Peck, who grew up in La Jolla, eventually left for Hollywood and became a movie star.
During the World War II years, the Colonial became home to many of the “top brass” from nearby Camp Callan. While the men were at Camp during the day, their wives volunteered for the local Red Cross. At night, the hotel’s sunroom was partitioned to create accommodations for single servicemen. That same decade, the Colonial was a temporary home to some of Hollywood’s up and coming stars that were performing at the La Jolla Playhouse, founded by Peck. Charlton Heston, Dorothy McGuire, Groucho Marx, Jane Wyatt, Eve Arden, Pat O’Brien, David Niven and many other celebrities occupied the hotel well into the late 1950s.
In 1980, the space once occupied by Putnam’s drugstore became Putnam’s Grille. Putnam’s Grille closed its doors in February 2001 and the space became NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, which still exists today.

08/24/2020
Virtual Garden Party: Recording

If you missed the Virtual Garden Party Saturday night or just want to watch it again, a recording is now live on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/N0y1vso0euE. It is not too late to purchase one of the beautiful paintings we featured or bid on an experience auction item! Learn more here: https://lajollahistory.org/events/secret-garden-tour/

A recording of La Jolla Historical Society's Virtual Garden Party from August 22, 2020. Includes garden design experts, music, guest speakers and more. For m...

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The La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage Gallery is open as of October 15, Thursday through Sunday, 12noon to 4:00pm. The Office & Research Center is open as of October 1 by appointment only. All visitors are required to wear face masks and observe social distancing guidelines.

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The La Jolla Historical Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life, encouraging exploration of the past in ways that inform the present and shape the future. The Society preserves and shares La Jolla’s distinctive sense of place, and serves as a community resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas and culture.

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1947 my mom and dad on a romantic date.
La Jolla window decorating contest and much more!
Are there any photos / videos / articles inspired by the Tijuana 1964: The Photography of Harry Crosby exhibit? Can't make it in person but would love to see what is possible to see online.
On Sunday, we went to see the Harry Crosby exhibit at the La Jolla Historical Society. I always love going there. Most folks don’t remember that it was Coles Book Store, back when I was growing up. I would often take the walk from my home, down on Coast Blvd. to Coles, as a change from the Unicorn, where I spent most of my free time, reading, for free, anything I wanted. I spent many, many hours draped over one of the sofas or chairs littered everywhere. It was better than arguing with my mother all afternoon. Anyway, Crosby was one of the teachers at La Jolla High School, and I knew him there. I also grew up with his kids. (Some of you locals might recall that Robinn Crosby was in the rock band Ratt, and he subsequently died of an overdose.) ANYWAY, Crosby was famous for his travels throughout Baja, and his photography of both Tijuana and his travels. His exhibition at the Society is of his TJ work in 1964, and it is exquisite. It is definitely worth a trip. Isaac was there, along with part of his family, and also Caro Olten, who was the film critic at the Union Tribune, back when it was still a real newspaper. (Conservative, but still a real one.) Go see thevshow.
Happy 4th of July La Jolla. Don and Bob Okey mid 1920s.
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We are the Allisons from La Jolla! Lots of photos from the 1920s and 30s to share.
The Allison Family in La Jolla, 1926
Hi. I worked at the Mobile Gas Station (Owned by Harold Kramer and then "Steve") on the corner of Fay and Prospect in 1976 and 1977 while I was attending SDSU. While working there, I found old automobile license plate frames that read: "British Motors - La Jolla". Do you have any information on that automobile dealership? My internet search came up empty. I have one of the frames.
i wonder if you have anything on the mithras bookstore and unicorn theater.
I am Soo-Ling Quon Chan..the eldest daughter of King Quon who owned Quon Manes. it was touching to read these stories of my families business and it brought back fond memories. As children we used to play in the store, and as teens we worked in the shop. The apartment behind the shop was decorated as a showroom for the shops antiques. Dad had customers from all over the US. J Edgar Hoover would come in with his Body Guard Clyde Tolson and buy a years supply of Mumtaz incense. Dr Salks wife purchased a Japanese Chest. Architect Frank Lloyd Wrights son and wife visited the shop when in town. My Dad also owned a Restaurant on Silverado Avenue called King Quon plus a bamboo Shop on Prospect. He had 3 businesses to raise 5 children. As a teen, I worked in the Restaurant and served J Edgar Hoover. He gave me a $9 tip. He heard I had a stamp collection and from then on...he would send me letters and stamps from all over the world. I discovered a Menu he autographed to my Dad thanking him for the special dinners he cooked. J Edgar would vacation every summer in La Jolla at the Del Charro Hotel. 1975 my sister Shar-ling died of cancer, 1977, we lost my father to cancer, and 1998 we lost my mother from a stroke. Prior to that she tried to maintain the love of our shop where she could keep in touch with all the shops friends, but it was too much responsibility at her age. I moved after college, married and now live in Palo Alto for over 45 years. The store has always been in my blood. I went to my 60th LJHS Reunion Class of 1955, (our last 2012) and would always do a nostalgic tour where QM used to be. Sadly...My brother died in the family home in Mt Soledad in Dec 2017. Us 3 surviving sisters had to clear the home of my Mom and Dads treasures...many from the store after closing. My Dad had an eye for fine Chinese Art. I now cherish some of his artistic talents in my home. I surely appreciate those who wrote their memories of QM. I would love to hear more of your stories. Thank you, Soo-Ling Quon Chan [email protected]