After a year-long closure and a $6.8 million renovation, the historic Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, reopened April 11 with a new ceremonial teahouse, teagarden, waterfall, accessible paths, and a restoration of the Japanese House.
The teahouse, called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze), was donated to the Huntington by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. The authentic ceremonial teahouse is situated on a ridge above the existing Japanese House and set within a traditionally landscaped tea garden.
A newly created waterfall cascades down the slope, visually connecting the tea garden to the ponds below.
A restoration of the Japanese House, a structure built in Japan around 1904, was completed after a preservation architect revealed a number of original architectural features that had been covered over or removed during the course of the past century.
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