Thursday, January 15, 2009

Point Loma's Lomaland

High on the wide swept meadows of Point Loma in 1897, Katherine Tingley laid the cornerstone for the School for the Revival of the Lost Mysteries of Antiquity, part of a commune called Lomaland that grew to include a theater, hotel, textile factory, bakery, publishing house and joinery. Also included was The Raja Yoga Academy, with 300 boarders who lived in group homes called Lotus Houses. The school required each student to learn an instrument and they formed the country's first school orchestra. They also built the country's first Greek amphitheater.

After the difficulties of the Great Depression, Lomaland was sold in 1942 to a private developer. It eventually became Balboa University, then Case Western University. Some of the original buildings still survive and are now part of the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University.

The photograph above was taken in 1910 and is part of the George Grantham Bain collection in the Library of Congress.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

Ms. Tingley was certainly ambitious. How different does the campus look now? Any comparison photos?