Wisteria Cottage - La Jolla
A 1904 beach cottage and example of the distinctive vernacular architecture of early La Jolla, Wisteria Cottage was given to the La Jolla Historical Society by bequest in 2008. The Cottage was listed as a San Diego Historical Landmark in 1982. It was once owned by the Scripps family, and during the period 1907-09 was remodeled by master architect Irving Gill under commission by Virginia Scripps. The cottage served as a rental residence during its early period. From the 1940s to the 1960s it served as an elementary school, titled The Balmer School before a name change to La Jolla Country Day School. From the mid-1960s until 2005, Wisteria served as a bookshop, and for most of that time as John Coles Bookstore. Ownership of the property passed by inheritance to Ellen Revelle, a Scripps descendent and widow of University of California, San Diego Chancellor Roger Revelle, who with her family, gave the property to LJHS. The restoration and rehabilitation of Wisteria Cottage was completed in March 2014 The exterior of Wisteria was historically preserved using standards set forth by the U.S. Secretary of The Interior. The main floor interior of has been adaptively reused for exhibition space following standards set forth by the American Alliance of Museums, and rotating exhibitions are presented year-round.