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Junior League of San Diego Breaks Ground on “The 210 Maple Restoration Project”

Renovated Bankers Hill headquarters will serve as a resource for community leaders and partners

San Diego CA— The Junior League of San Diego announces that it will break ground on “The 210 Maple Restoration Project” – a multi-year, multi-phase initiative to provide an inclusive, safe and functional space to serve its 1,000 volunteer members, 120 community partners and 1,200 youth exiting foster care.

Beginning August 2019 and led by Martin Architecture and Irwin Building Company, renovations planned are made with the goal to create a place to connect, train, mentor and be mentored and ultimately develop exceptional San Diego leaders and community partners. In recognition of Junior League’s 90th anniversary, the renovations celebrate the organization’s history of service while bringing its members and community together, through:

  • A new training kitchen, offering community programming such as healthy cooking classes, meal assembly, outreach for the homeless and chef-led cooking programs for transition age foster youth
  • Improved access and disability inclusion
  • Flexible seating for trainings and meetings, and an outdoor veranda for community events
  • Community access to high-tech multimedia tools
  • A revised office space to serve as a hub for information, providing the tools and technology to make strides toward achieving a vision for an improved San Diego community
  • A new lounge to serve as a warm and inviting retreat for volunteers and community guests to recharge
  • A new records room to provide an archival history of the hard work dedicated League members have performed over the past nine decades
  • Potential house rentals for events

“The Junior League of San Diego is thrilled to break ground on the restoration of our historic headquarters,” said Emily Green Lake, president of Junior League of San Diego. “Our restored headquarters will serve as a dynamic and highly functional community meeting space that will allow us to continue serving San Diego in meaningful ways.”

In 1981, Junior League acquired the house in Bankers Hill in hopes that it would support the community for generations to come. This residential house was designed by famed architects, Louis and Irving Gill, in 1916 for San Diego Zoo founder Dr. Harry Wegeforth and his family. The property was originally landscaped by “Mother of Balboa Park” Kate Sessions.

Junior League is hosting a press conference and celebration to showcase the 210 Maple Street groundbreaking on Friday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will be held at 210 Maple Street in Bankers Hill. Press interested in attending should RSVP to Kate Kelly at kate@katekellypr.com.

To date, Junior League has raised over $300,000 of its $750,000 goal from its members and community partners. For those interested in donating to “The 210 Maple Restoration Project”, click here. For more information on the Junior League of San Diego and its mission, please visit www.jlsd.org.