Projects in Progress


New Education and Visitor Center - Opens Early 2015

The new EVC will be composed of a complex of gardens and buildings designed to harmonize with the Huntington’s original early 20th-century Beaux-Arts architecture. New facilities will replace some of the older facilities. But there also will be a new café, classrooms, expanded gift shop, and a lecture hall with raked seating, among other features. Read more in Momentum

New Education and Visitor Center


Project Update

We are finishing work on the parking lot, which means the Oxford Gate is open for both entering and exiting (it had been open only for exiting). Additionally, we've started putting the steel on the lecture hall roof, and started installing the trellis outside of the coffee shop and the ticketing building; we've begun work on the roofs of both the dining and ticketing buildings; and if you look really closely, you'll see the lecture hall seating area taking shape — so much so, we hope you'll be able to picture yourself in that front row!


We've had any number of visitors and members say to us that the construction site has become a popular stopping point for young visitors mesmerized by the various tractors, cranes, excavators, and backhoes. While we hadn't thought of the site as a Huntington exhibition, per se, we certainly see the appeal.  Be sure to stop by — with or without the kids -- on your way into the gardens and galleries!


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Facts & Highlights


Project: A new entrance complex at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif., consisting of gardens and facilities for lectures, conferences, classes, meetings, and visitor amenities, as well as underground storage space for The Huntington’s collections of rare historical materials. 

Location: Replaces the existing 9,000-square-foot entrance area (part of a larger complex designed by Whitney R. Smith in 1980) and extends northward, into space opposite the Munger Research Center.
Projected opening date: Early 2015
Cost: $60 million; funded through private sources
Project team
  • Architect: Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, founding principal; and James McLane, AIA, associate principal, Architectural Resources Group
  • Landscape architect: Cheryl Barton, Office of Cheryl Barton
  • Project manager: Laurie Sowd, Vice President for Operations, The Huntington
Architectural style: The new buildings are designed to be compatible with the formality, scale, and materials of the original 20th-century Beaux-Arts architecture on the property by noted Pasadena architect Myron Hunt. They incorporate stucco, red clay tile roofs, bronze detailing, loggias, and trellises. Highly functional, they are beautifully but simply detailed and serve as an elegant background to landscaped exterior spaces. Integrating the structures completely with the surrounding landscape provides opportunities for incorporating natural light and views both from the inside and outside, and access from all interior spaces into adjoining exterior areas.
Landscape: The 6.5 acres of gardens highlight the natural, agricultural, and cultural landscape origins of the estate in a Mediterranean plant palette. The central garden is formal and axial with hedge rooms and an alee of olive trees; the entry grove offers a tree-canopied area to relax at the beginning or end of a visit; and the south garden’s lush flower beds create a vibrant transition from the formality of the entry gardens to the historic core of the property, just beyond.
  • 400-seat lecture hall with raked floor for excellent sight lines and state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities for The Huntington’s program of lectures, conferences, and small musical performances.
  • Multipurpose room with audio-visual capabilities and flexible lighting to accommodate botanical shows, dinners, and other educational and donor- cultivation events
  • Four classrooms located near the bus drop-off and designed especially to serve school children and their teachers
  • An elegant board room providing meeting space for The Huntington's volunteer leadership and others
  • New retail store offering twice the sales space in a beautifully detailed setting
  • Glass-domed Garden Court serving as a covered outdoor lobby for the lecture hall, multipurpose room, and classrooms
  • Trellises and loggias creating transitional spaces between gardens and buildings
  • New café offering a variety of food stations, indoor seating with views to the gardens, and outdoor seating beneath a lemon arbor and with views of the Desert Garden and the Huntington Art Gallery
  • Coffee shop for quick snacks near the entrance
  • New routing of vehicles leads those entering through the north (Allen Ave.) gate along the historic Palm Drive past the Mausoleum
  • Pedestrian paths from the entrance gates offer safe passage past lush landscapes
  • 43,000 square feet of underground Library collections storage with excellent climate conditions and security


Energy usage and sustainability

  • Overall design, including the building envelope, lighting, and HVAC systems, exceeds California’s Title 24 minimum requirements by more than 17 percent
  • Plumbing system and fixtures exceed California’s CAL Green requirements by more than 30 percent
  • 75 percent of construction debris will be recycled
  • All excavated soil will be reused on site


Construction Update: August - October 2014

  • August - October:
  • • Stucco finish being applied to all buildings
  • • Tile being installed on roofs
  • • Final electrical, mechanical, and plumbing being installed
  • • Finishes taking shape in restrooms, kitchen, cafe, coffee shop
  • • Millwork going in on board room walls
  • • Landscape grading, irrigation, and planting underway


Construction Information Hotline: 626-405-2100 x: 2251  Email:


For more information contact:

Susan Turner-Lowe, Vice President for Communications,, 626-405-2147

Laurie Sowd, Vice President for Operations,, 626-405-2252

Randy Shulman, Vice President for Advancement,, 626-405-2293 

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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