Today, I want to focus on a place that wears many hats at the same time.
And when I say many, I mean it.
Here is a sample of what this place is:
- Botanical Garden
- Japanese Garden
- Tea Room
- Art Collection
- Research Center
Do you know what place I am referring to?
I’ll give you one hint.
It is located in San Marino, California.
Ok, I know what you are thinking.
Where the heck is San Marino located?
San Marino is a small city located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles (closer to Pasadena).
The major landmark of the city is The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. This is an educational and research institution establishes by Henry Huntington, the nephew of a railroad tycoon.
Henry had a passion for collecting art and rare books. When he relocated from San Francisco to San Marino, an opulent mansion was built in a plot of land he bought. He filled the house with all sort of International (mostly European) furnishings. At the same time, experts helped him to acquire valuable pieces of art. One year after his death, the final collection he put together (valued in $50M) was opened to the public (as he ordered in his will).
Nowadays, The Huntington is a fresh respite of air in the middle of one of the world’s largest metropolis. If you enjoy all things beautiful, take a day to discover what Henry Huntington left for the generations to come.
Inside the mansion
Tea Room (or building)
Have you visited The Huntington? Let me know in the comments section below.