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Teatime Could Be Over At The Griffith Park Teahouse In A Week

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Griffith Park Teahouse (Photo by Danny Jensen/LAist)
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Update: City Plans To Give The Griffith Park Teahouse A Second Life

If you haven't checked out the Griffith Park Teahouse yet, you might want to hurry up and trek out there because it may be taken down in a week.

KCRW's Design & Architecture reported that the small, Japanese-inspired teahouse that popped up on a ridge in Griffith Park late June could be removed as early at July 27. Shortly after the structure first went up, the anonymous art collective behind the guerrilla art project tweeted that the city was threatening to take it down. Supporters of the Griffith Park Teahouse started a Change.org petition pleading with the city to keep it standing. Even Moby wrote a love letter to the teahouse, saying "it’s as flawless a building as exists anywhere in L.A."

The art collective said they talked the Department of Recreation and Parks into at least giving them a temporary permit to allow the teahouse to remain legally open until July 26. The collective promised they would maintain the teahouse that's made from reclaimed wood from the 2007 Griffith Park Fire. However, it doesn't look like the permit has been extended, and the department plans to remove the structure.

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Not all is lost though, as Design & Architecture has heard that the teahouse could be moved to a new place. But just in case, you might want to take a trip out to Griffith Park, write a wish for L.A. on the wooden boards hanging on its walls, and ring the bell.