Here is a view that still exists — in a large part — right up the road from me. This is a vintage shot of The Huntington. In fact, this is one of my favorite places in the entire gardens — the Japanese Garden. This is always my first destination in the garden each time I visit. There is so much there to enjoy and immerse yourself within. This lovely bridge, a traditional Japanese House, a large zen garden, bonsai and a bamboo forest.

It is hard to imagine when the gardens were the private domain of the Huntington family and their guests. Today it is a national treasure which I feel privileged to have to close to me. When family and friends visit, we often take them to the Huntington to give them the feeling that Los Angeles is more than just Hollywood.

[Henry Edwards Huntington house, Oxford Road, San Marino, California. (LOC)

You can find detailed information on The Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Garden on their web site at

“A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe.

These three distinct facets of The Huntington are linked by a devotion to research, education, and beauty.” —

Henry Edwards Huntington house, Oxford Road, San Marino, California. (LOC)

Johnston, Frances Benjamin,, 1864-1952,, photographer.

[Henry Edwards Huntington house, Oxford Road, San Marino, California. Drum bridge in the Japanese garden]


1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.

Site History. House Architecture: Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, 1908-1911. Landscape: William Hertrich, gardener, Japanese garden, 1911. Today: Garden extant with restorations.
On slide (printed): “176 Fulton Street, New York” (Slide manufactured by: T.H. McAllister-Keller Co.)
Title, date, and subject information provided by Sam Watters, 2011.
Forms part of: Garden and historic house lecture series in the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).
Published in Gardens for a Beautiful America / Sam Watters. New York: Acanthus Press, 2012. Plate 123.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

Call Number: LC-J717-X99- 2

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