Grand Colonial

910 Prospect Street
Architects – Richard Requa, 1913 / Thomas L. Shepherd, 1925 / Frank Stevenson, 1928

The Colonial Apartments and Hotel, as it was originally known, is La Jolla’s oldest hotel. The main four-story, concrete hotel, boasting the first fire sprinkler system west of the Mississippi, was built in 1928. During construction, the original wood-framed structure on the site by architect Richard Requa, was moved to the rear of the property where it still operates as part of the hotel. Putnam’s La Jolla Drugstore and Soda Fountain was located there for many years and was managed by actor Gregory Peck’s father. Today, the property includes two designated historic landmarks – The Little Hotel by the Sea, by architect Thomas Shepherd, and the Garden Terraces.