UC San Diego’s University House Phase II rehabilitation approved

Named the Geisel house after university benefactor, Audrey Geisel (wife of the late Dr. Seuss), the home was originally designed by William Lumpkins.

Located on 7 acres in La Jolla Farms, Geisel House been closed since 2004 when it was deemed uninhabitable due to seismic and system deficiencies, including plumbing and electrical problems and the need for canyon edge slope stabilization.

The entire house renovation cost, estimated a $10.5 million, will be covered by gifts including $1.5 million from the UC Office of the President to complete the project from the Searles Fund, an endowment used to fund general purposes of the university which cannot be covered by state funds.

Noting the Geisel family has always been a friend and supporter of UCSD, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said, “Preserving the architectural treasure that is Geisel House is so important, and we are most grateful for her generosity, and her friendship.”