January 24, 2007

Huntington Library and Gardens Photos

We visited the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens near Pasadena. It's a huge complex so we didn't see everything, but what we did see was worthwhile.

I learned that Henry Huntington's wealth came from railroads and utilities. His uncle was one of the owners of the Central Pacific RR, and after this uncle died, Henry married his widow! Together they collected art and historical manuscripts.

Henry and Arabella are buried in a stately mausoleum which was designed by John Russell Pope who later designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington -- looks similar, doesn't it?

The two photos above were taken in the new Chinese Garden, which is under construction but temporarily open to the public.

The left-hand photograph shows the conservatory. Near there is a children's garden which adults will enjoy as well.

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