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on 10 Oct 2014 10:59 AM
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La Jolla, Calif.– The historic Cultural Zone of La Jolla will host its fourth annual Open Doors event on Sunday, November 16 from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Visitors are invited to enjoy free admission and tours at each of the participating institutions, and to immerse themselves in the cultural history of La Jolla.

This free community event began when the organizations situated within the Cultural Zone of La Jolla collaborated to devise a way to showcase the area’s cultural heritage and historic architecture. This open house-style event provides guests the opportunity to learn La Jolla’s story by exploring buildings the public may not typically have a chance to see.

Free public parking for Open Doors La Jolla will be available at The Bishop’s School’s parking garage, accessed from La Jolla Blvd.

For press interested in obtaining high-res images or interviews with members of the participation organizations, please contact Leah Straub at 858 454 3541 x119, lstraub@mcasd.org, or Patricia B. Dwyer at 858 454 3541 x116, pdwyer@mcasd.org.

Open Doors 2014 includes:

The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla
Rich in history and noted for its unique architectural style, this luxury B&B Inn was originally a private residence designed and built in 1913 for the Kaust family by the renowned San Diego architect Irving Gill. The property is considered one of the finest examples of Gill's "Cubist" style and innovative design, such as the use of "tilt up walls". In 1984—under the direction and design of local architect and authority on Gill's work, Anthony Ciani—the property was renovated extensively and expanded to become La Jolla's first B&B. The original gardens were designed by Kate Sessions, the horticulturist responsible for the landscape in Balboa Park, and the John Philip Sousa family resided here for many years in the 1920s. Ellen Browning Scripps, a visionary and woman ahead of her time, was also a patron of Mr. Gill's and instrumental in his success. Rooms at the Inn are named in honor of these historical figures and their early influence and contributions to La Jolla, the jewel of "America's Finest City." www.innlajolla.com

The Bishop’s School
Founded in 1909, visitors to the campus can view the School’s historically significant Irving Gill and Carleton Monroe Winslow buildings, and tour the recently renovated Ellen Browning Scripps Hall that houses the School’s state-of-the art kitchen, expanded dining and meeting rooms, black box theatre, choral music rooms, and health center. www.bishops.com

The Cuvier Club
The historic Cuvier Club, originally a WWII USO hall, has consistently been voted the #1 event venue on San Diego’s A-List Awards. See for yourself why they are the best of the best and enjoy tasty delights provided by the equally impressive Abbey Catering Co. of La Jolla. www.cuvierclub.com

La Jolla Historical Society
On view in the Wisteria Cottage Galleries is The Irving Gill Photographic Project. Featuring three contemporary photographers, this exhibition presents an adventure into the historical legacy of master architect Irving Gill. www.lajollahistory.org

La Jolla Recreation Center

Tour the historic La Jolla Recreation Center, designed by Irving Gill, and view artwork by regional artists depicting coastal La Jolla in a range of mediums, displayed on the Center’s front lawn. The Recreation Center will celebrate their centennial next year, commemorating the Ellen Browning Scripps’ donation of both the building and the grounds in 1915.

La Jolla Woman’s Club
Enjoy tours of the historic Irving Gill building along with light refreshments, and learn about the history of the Woman’s Club as well as benefits of membership. www.lajollawomansclub.com

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
MCASD La Jolla sits on the site of Ellen Browning Scripps’ home. Tour MCASD’s current exhibition, Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting, while spending time at this historical location. From his early spectral canvases to his recent acrylic collages, Jack Whitten (b. 1939, Bessemer, AL) has kept time through his innovative studio process, exploring the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence. This anticipated survey reveals Whitten as an innovator who uses abstraction in its newest idioms to achieve an enduring gravitas. Free tours of the exhibition will be held at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. www.mcasd.org

St. James by-the-Sea
Learn about the church’s history, architecture, stained glass windows, and the recent completion of a major renovation project. Enjoy a performance and demonstration on the 60 rank Austin pipe organ and meet “St. James” up close. www.sjbts.org

New to the festivities this year is the Open Doors Opportunity Drawing. Guests are invited to collect a stamp from each participating organization and enter their stamp-filled sheets into an opportunity drawing for the chance to win any one of the prizes listed below. Sheets for stamp collection can be both picked up and dropped off at any Open Doors location.

Open Doors Opportunity Drawing prizes include:

  • An overnight stay in one of The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla’s uniquely decorated rooms, along with a four-course fine dining breakfast and sunset wine and cheese reception
  • A catalog from the La Jolla Historical Society’s exhibition Climate Change: Midcentury Modern La Jolla
  • A gift certificate for two self-guided tickets to La Jolla Historical Society’s 2015 Secret Garden Tour
  • A wine basket compliments of La Jolla Women’s Club
  • Two tickets to a 2014-2015 St. James Music Series concert and two books on the historical significance of the 100-year-old church, plus various logoed items
  • A yearlong Membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • A Bishop's School cookbook, "The Bishop's School 100 and Beyond" 100th anniversary history book, and various logoed items
  • A La Jolla Recreation Center gift basket including a centennial t-shirt and a tabletop original oil painting on an easel by La Jolla artist Cherry Sweig

For more information about Open Doors La Jolla, please contact 858 459 3421 or OpenDoorsLaJolla@CuvierClub.com.

Leah Straub, Communications & Marketing Manager, 858 454 3541 x119, lstraub@mcasd.org

Patricia B. Dwyer, Communications Associate, 858 454 3541 x116, pdwyer@mcasd.org