Springtime, to spring fans, often arrives in distinct chapters. You have the warmer days and slightly less chilly nights, to begin with. The grass gets a wee bit greener. Tiny leaves leaf up trees and then? Flowers go to town, filling plots with pretty petals of every hue.
The renewal of a portion of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has also seen a chapter or two dramatically unfold. The multi-year construction project, the one breaking ground and building upwards at the front of the historic San Marino gardens, hit its first mark in January, with the reveal of the new gift shop, a store notably larger than its predecessor.
As for chapter two in the story of the new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center? That unfolds on Saturday, April 4, when the remaining portion of The Huntington's newest addition makes its formal public debut.
Well-played, Huntington. A springtime entrance is pretty splashy, indeed.
What will fans of the nearly century-old nature-and-art destination spy around the new entrance area? The Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court, for one, with its stately dome. There's a 400-seat auditorium making its first hello on April 4 and a cafe with seating indoors and out. And an orientation gallery, too.
All of the new components "are arranged amid new, beautifully landscaped, drought-tolerant gardens." There are six-and-a-half additional acres of gardens in the debuting area.
If you've visited the The Huntington since April 2013, you've seen the construction project in the busy, fences-up-machinery-on process. But if you want a from-above peek behind those fences, you can watch the center come together via a time-lapse video from Erdman Video Systems. The video was taken from July 2013 to March 2015.
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