Peek Inside the Huntington’s Newly Renovated Japanese House


Last month, after a year long, $6.8-million restoration, San Marino’s Huntington Library reopened their famed Japanese Garden. At the center of the project was the picturesque Japanese House. This Sunday, May 20, is your chance to go “Behind the Screens” and take an intimate tour through the space with the restoration architect, Kelly Sutherlin Mcleod.

Presented by the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, tour goers will learn about the space in an introductory lecture by Mcleod, John Griswold of Griswold Conservation Associates, and Dr. Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art History at CSU Long Beach. The lecture will be followed by a guided walking tour through the home and gardens.

The tour is limited to a small group, so you’ll have ample time to pepper Mcleod with all of your questions and be able to gander at the home’s incredible, elegant details. Even better? The tour starts at 9:30 a.m., before the Huntington is open to the public, so you’ll have the chance to enjoy the gardens (and the gorgeous blooming Wisteria) with minimal crowds.

Japanese Restoration at the Huntington SAH/SCC Talk & Tour; Sunday May 20 at 9:30 a.m.; tickets for the talk and tour are $100 for members, $90 for non-members (includes one-year individual membership); tickets for the talk, tour and tea are $90 for members, $135 for non-members (includes one-year individual membership).

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