The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Summer 1974, Volume 20, Number 3
Reminiscences of Lomaland. Madame Tingley and the Theosphical Institute in San Diego
Edited by Dennis E. Berge
Military View of San Diego in 1847: Four Letters from Colonel Jonathan D. Stevenson to Governor Richard B. Mason
Edited by Charles Hughes
Military Posts in San Diego 1852
By Robert W. Frazer
The Uneasy Alliance: Jewish-Anglo Relations in San Diego 1850-1860
By Henry Schwartz
San Diego History—Sidelights on the Lightside 1850-1860
A Brief History of the Granite Industry in San Diego County
By S. Tom Wood
Warren’s Not Warner’s: A Postscript to “The Stage to El Centro”
By Orion Zink
Letter to the Editor
ON THE COVER: TEMPLE OF PEACE DOORS
The oak doors shown on the cover once stood within the entrance of the Aryan Memorial Temple, a focal point on the grounds of the International Theosophical Institute on Point Loma in San Diego. The doors were carved in 1901 by Reginal Machell of the Royal Academy in London, and depict the artist’s ideal man and woman. Following World War I, the leader of the theosophical movement, Madame Katherine Tingley, renamed the Aryan Temple “The Temple of Peace.” In 1942 the Theosophical Institute moved its headquarters and the property ultimately was acquired by United States International University. It is now the site of Point Loma College. A fire in 1952 destroyed the temple, but the doors were saved. They stand 12’4″ high and measure 6’6″ across.
The doors are now on exhibit at Serra Museum, Presidio Park, San Diego, on loan through the courtesy of Dr. William Rust, President of United States International University.
In this issue of the Journal there appears an article entitled “Reminiscences of Lomaland” by Iverson L. Harris, edited by Dennis E. Berge relating to the International Theosophical Institute.
Photographed By BERT SHANKLAND
This issue of the The Journal of San Diego History was scanned and proofread by volunteer George Bailey.