I rest my case

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I used to have to get approval from my wise old grandmother before throwing away anything other than paper trash. If she caught me throwing away something made out of wood, plastic, glass, etc., she would gently remind me not to throw things away because “There is no away.” She was into recycling and repurposing before it was cool.

Speaking of repurposing….

The chapel of the La Jolla Methodist Church used to be the La Jolla Hermosa passenger station and power substation for the San Diego Electric Railway.

La Jolla Methodist Church chapel

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

SDERy operated from 1891 to 1949, but the Hermosa station only served from 1924 to 1940.

The Hermosa station was designed by Eugene Hoffman and built in 1924 at a cost of $50,000. Its design is based on the Royal Presidio Chapel of Monterey CA which was built in 1794.

During the early 1940s the station served as arts & crafts school and then fell into disuse until 1954 when the La Jolla Methodist Church bought the building.

Information available at the church called it the San Carlos station, but the church is the only source I have found that calls it anything other than the Hermosa station. I think an ecclesiastical person unfamiliar with the San Diego Electric Railway took a little liberty because the Royal Presidio Chapel’s proper name is the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey.

There is a photo hanging on the wall of the chapel of the station as it looked in 1927:

La Jolla Hermosa passenger station for the San Diego Electric Railway, 1927

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The caption beneath the 1927 picture indicates that it is from the San Diego History Center. I checked the San Diego History Center’s web site and the picture is there, cataloged under “La Jolla Hermosa station.” I rest my case.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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