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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


The Huntington’s exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Gamble House/University of Southern California, features the full spectrum and evolution of the Greenes’ artistic genius, with examples of their designs for furniture and decorative arts
AND A FAMOUS TEA ROOM TOO--If you’re a North Park resident no doubt you have an Arts & Crafts era Craftsman Bungalow for a home or live near several.  A day trip for bungalow lovers worth considering is a visit to the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA (next door to Pasadena).

On a day trip to the Huntington Library Gallery of American Decorative Arts, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, you might visit the Greene and Greene exhibit that showcases the famed architects design, architecture and furnishings.

While you’re on the grounds of the Huntington a visit to the Rose Garden Tea Room is a must.

The rest of this blog is information on the tea room and the Greene & Greene exhibit.


The Rose Garden Tea Room and Café
A day spent enjoying the cultural treasures of The Huntington wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Rose Garden Tea Room or the Café. Situated in the heart of the botanical gardens, the Tea Room and Café provide a variety of delicious options, from a traditional English tea to satisfying lunches, light snacks, and mouthwatering desserts. Reservations are required for the Tea Room, but are not needed for the Café.

Rose Garden Tea Room
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Overlooking three acres of roses, the Tea Room is the perfect setting for a memorable repast. A pot of brewed tea and a basket of freshly baked scones are served at each table. From a central buffet, guests may choose from an array of savory finger sandwiches, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruits, chilled seasonal salads, and specialty petite desserts. Best of all, you can return to the buffet as often as you like. Limitless refills of tea and scones are served upon request. There is no dress code in the Tea Room: shorts and t-shirts or dresses and suits are equally acceptable. Children are welcome. Private rooms are not available; for groups of 6 or more, please call the Tea Room for information.

Tea Room Menu

Tea Room Prices
Adults: $29.50 per person, plus tax
Children (ages 4-8): $14.99 per person, plus tax
Children (ages 2-3): $7.50 per person, plus tax
Groups of 8 or more will incur 18% gratuity

General admission is a separate required cost, paid upon entering the grounds. The Tea Room accepts cash, traveler's checks, or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, and Diner's Club). No personal checks please.
Tea Room Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. (last seating at 3:30 p.m.)

Sat. - Sun.: 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last seating at 3:30 p.m.)
Closed Tuesdays

On Free Days (the first Thursday of each month) the Tea Room is open from 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are accepted. Walk-in seatings are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tea Room Reservations

Tea Room reservations are now being accepted online. You may also place your reservation by calling 626-683-8131. Reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Call Wednesday through Monday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). Sorry, reservations cannot be accepted via e-mail.

Greene & Greene Decorative Arts Exhibit

Above is a recreation of the dining room of the
Henry M. Robinson House, designed and
built in Pasadena between 1905 and 1907.
The Dorothy Collins Brown Wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, is devoted to the work of early 20th-century Pasadena architects Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene. Synonymous with the Arts & Crafts Movement in Southern California, their insistence upon fine craftsmanship, houses and furniture harmonized as single artistic expressions, and the use of the highest-quality materials set new levels of excellence. This approach belonged to a larger cultural movement that began in England in response to the Industrial Revolution.

This renowned collection of works by the American Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene is a permanent part of the installation, including a complete re-creation of the dining room from the Robinson House (1905) and a mahogany and oak staircase with brass inlays made for the Arthur A. Libby House (1905, and since demolished). Other highlights include a cabinet (1904) by Ralph Whitehead’s Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, fine examples of works from Tiffany Studios, as well as works of ceramic and metals, including the Mrs. John Emerson Marble collection of early American silver.


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