Old building from New Deal in La Mesa.

When I took a walk through La Mesa a couple weeks ago, I noticed a historical plaque on the above building.

With walls that are partly made of stone, this little old building is located directly adjacent to the larger, more modern Adult Enrichment Center, which is operated by the City of La Mesa.


According to an online timeline, two New Deal WPA projects in La Mesa include this 1937 Senior Clubhouse.

I spoke to a city employee inside the Adult Enrichment Center, and she indicated there are plans to move this building, stones and all, to MacArthur Park.

The old clubhouse is beautiful in a rustic way. To me, it appears like a visitor center or ranger station you’d find nestled in the forest of a National Park.

I assume that small stone structure across a walkway was built back in 1937, too.

Anyone who knows more, or has memories to share, please leave a comment!

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4 thoughts on “Old building from New Deal in La Mesa.”

  1. I remember being inside that building when I was a little kid. The small window panes we’re old world storybook looking, what’s the image remember the most. There were mature trees and grass where the parking spaces in front are now. It was a very pretty corner at one time. If I remember right it was a library then. This was about 1953. In the 60’s to the left of the building a park setting, many seniors playing lawn games, lawn bowling, tables for chess and checkers.

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  2. Greg Humora has Tweeted “As part of the Collier Park renovation project, a scaled replica of the original La Mesa Springs Fountain (c. 1915) has been installed at its original location next to the La Mesa Depot Railroad Museum on Spring Street.”

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