THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART MUSEUM, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS MASTER PLAN
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. A key figure in the development of Southern California, Huntington was an active collector of British and American rare books, manuscripts, and art. In addition to a prestigious research fellowship program, the site welcomes 600,000 visitors each year to its library, three gallery buildings and 150 acres of botanical gardens.
ABA, with Sasaki Associates, created a master plan for the campus that serves as a blueprint for its future preservation and development. ABA began the planning process by investigating the way the estate has evolved from Huntington’s home into a cultural resource and scholarly center. Interviews with staff and an extensive analysis of the existing facilities and site resulted in the identification of key issues and areas of development. The plan reaffirmed and enhanced research and public education functions, clarified connections and overall circulation, and reinforced the institution’s diversity and programs. The plan created a balance between resources, revenue, endowment, and capital allocations, enabling the Huntington to express its mission through its site and buildings.
Location: San Marino, California
Project Team: Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Ann Beha FAIA (ABA); Sasaki Associates (Landscape); Gensler Los Angeles (Associate Architect); Kaku Associates, Inc. (Traffic); Davis Langdon Adamson (Cost)