After a year-long closure, but with a $6.8 million renovation, the Huntington’s Japanese Garden will have it’s grand reopening on Wednesday, April 11th.
The main attraction will be the addition of a ceremonial teahouse. This one is called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze) and was donated by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. Built in Kyoto in the 1960’s, the teahouse went back for restorative work in 2010. Once it was shipped back to San Marino, it had to be painstakingly reassembled by architect Yoshiaki Nakamura and other expert craftsmen. Periodically, the teahouse will hold demonstrations of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Folsom and horticultural curator David MacLaren oversaw the restoration of the garden, which involved dealing with rotted wood, termite damage, splitting plaster, and shifting soil. Renovation of the Japanese house was under the command of preservation architect Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, who uncovered and restored many elements that had been covered and removed over the last century. Landscape architects Takeo Uesugi and Keiji Uesugi of California Polytechnic University, Pomona oversaw the landscaping aspects that needed attention, such as repairing the central pond system and water infrastructure.
The Huntington Japanese Garden Reopens
Wednesday, April 11th, 12-4:30 p.m.
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
For more info visit the Huntington Library