1008 Wall Street
Architects – William Templeton Johnson, 1921 / William Lumpkins, 1957 / David Singer, 2006
Thanks to OH! San Diego, La Jolla’s architecture has been highlighted. For those who appreciate beautiful buildings as works of art, make sure to check out The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.
The Spanish Revival-style building is home to this non-profit membership library, dedicated to the study of music and art. It is one of only seventeen such libraries in the country. The site is comprised of three historic buildings, joined together to create a cohesive space. It features stylized arched windows and classical columns at the front portico and an iconic rotunda, which houses the music room. Eminent La Jollan and philanthropist, Ellen Browning Scripps, was the first president of the organization, which was founded in 1899. As the oldest cultural institution in La Jolla and one of the oldest in San Diego, the Athenaeum today is a vibrant cultural center, presenting exhibits, concerts, lectures and art classes.