Historic La Jolla Cultural Zone Opens Its Doors for One-Day Event

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 - 11:49 am

La Jolla, Calif.– The historic Cultural Zone of La Jolla will host its third annual Open Doors event on Sunday, November 3 from 11:30 AM-2 PM.

This free community event was started more than two years ago when the organizations situated within the Cultural Zone began devising a way to showcase the area’s cultural heritage and historic architecture. This open house-style event extends an invitation to visit, explore, and step inside buildings the public may not typically have a chance to see. In its first year, more than 500 people participated in the event.

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, or lstraub@mcasd.org.

Participating organizations include:

Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla

Join us for art, architecture, appetizers, and live entertainment in the barden. Several well-known local artists will have their works on display and are graciously available to discuss their art over beverages and appetizers. Scheduled tours of our historically significant Irving Gill “Cubist” style B&B will also be available. Come and share in the rich history of La Jolla. http://www.innlajolla.com

The Bishop’s School 

The Bishop’s School was founded by Ellen Browning Scripps in 1909. One of the main buildings on the School’s campus is currently under renovation and the school will offer a booth on the La Jolla Recreation Center lawn to acquaint visitors with a bit of their rich history.  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 MCASD Axline Court, the collaborative exhibition Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage traces the history of two Scripps properties in the Cultural Zone.  www.lajollahistory.org

La Jolla Recreation Center

Tour the historic La Jolla Recreation Center, designed by Irving Gill. Both the grounds and building were donated by Ellen Browning Scripps in 1915.

La Jolla Woman’s Club

Enjoy tours of the historic Irving Gill building donated by Ellen Browning Scripps and meet Miss Ellen’s biographer, Dr. Molly McClain. www.lajollawomansclub.com

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Take advantage of FREE Museum admission during the hours of Open Door La Jolla, and enjoy three new exhibitions: Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage, Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, and Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez. Scripps on Prospect is an archival project of MCASD and the La Jolla Historical Society that examines the evolution of their respective buildings at 700 and 780 Prospect Street in La Jolla. Enjoy free tours of the exhibition 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 its current major renovation project.  Enjoy a performance and demonstration on the 60 rank Austin pipe organ and meet “St. James” up close. www.sjbts.org

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

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Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.