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La Jolla Historical Society

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Updated Photography by Darren Bradley 2014

In 2014, the Hind Foundation granted $75,000 to the La Jolla Historical Society to help preserve Wisteria Cottage, the last intact remnant of the South Moulton Villa estate, first developed by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1898. Through the visionary stewardship of the Scripps/Revelle family, the 1904 Craftsman cottage, garage, and the intact landscape, were deeded to the La Jolla Historical Society in 2008.  Located at the corner of Prospect Street and Eads in the village of La Jolla, California, the Cottage is the oldest structure in what is today called the “Scripps Cultural District.” The grant funded the final amount required to complete the preservation of Wisteria Cottage as well as the transformation of its interior rooms into museum-quality galleries for exhibitions and public programs.

Noteworthy Outcomes

  • Adaptive Reuse
    This adaptive reuse project transforms the interior of Wisteria Cottage into 1450 square feet of museum-quality exhibition space. A six-unit movable wall system for mounting two dimensional objects meets varying exhibition design requirements. A new HVAC and Relative Humidity System allows the Society to feature exhibitions originated at other institutions as well as individual objects and artifacts from lending institutions.
  • Heightened Safety & Security
    Installation of fire safety systems, fire protection systems, and wireless security systems, keep the historic facility and its belongings monitored and protected.


Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $75,000
Year Funded: 2014
Year Completed: 2014

About the Organization
La Jolla Historical Society
P.O. Box 2085
La Jolla, CA 92038

The La Jolla Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, collection and preservation of La Jolla's heritage.