This was a super fun project! The building is old, historic and the paint was in terrible shape…just what I love to tackle! When a structure has this kind of beauty underneath, I love to nurture it back to its former glory…even though it was just a carriage house…what we today call a garage 🙂
This old Carriage House was once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps and her sister
Virginia. Ellen was known for her philanthropy and was known as Virginia was a bit of a curmudgeon, who disliked it when she saw anyone wearing purple as she felt only she could wear purple in the town of La Jolla!
The colors were chosen carefully from a palette of colors that were available and used quite commonly in the era the building was erected. Look at the detail in the windows…the diamond shapes are very distinctive and were quite a job to get re-puttied cleanly and then painted in all those sharp corners
The interior was prepared as well…but not to park cars or carriages! It is now a state of the art archival storage facility with a climate controlled storage for priceless historical documents and photographs. If you look closely at the window
photo, you will note the fire suppression system.
This project was a donation by us to The La Jolla Historical Society. Our work and materials were given as a gift back to the community of La Jolla.