Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage
On view in Axline Court, this collaboration between MCASD and the La Jolla Historical Society examines the historical evolution of our respective buildings at 700 and 780 Prospect Street. Constructed within less than a decade of each other at the turn of the twentieth century, both institutions’ original buildings share an association with the Scripps family—MCASD was Ellen Browning Scripps’s residence, while Wisteria Cottage belonged to her half-sister, Eliza Virginia. They also have an association with modernist architect Irving Gill, who designed or remodeled each of the buildings. This exhibition traces significant changes in the buildings over time, including architectural additions to MCASD by Robert Mosher and Robert Venturi, and Wisteria Cottage’s transformation into the Balmer School, and later The Nexus and John Cole’s bookstores. Together, these iconic buildings have remained cultural and educational landmarks, linked with a common past that reflects the history of the La Jolla community.
Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage is organized by the La Jolla Historical Society in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Funding for Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage provided by Peter B. Clark, Robert and Pascale Bauer, Garth Conboy and Laura DuCharme Conboy, Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Florence Riford Community Fund at The San Diego Foundation, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society, and the Members of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.