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PHOTOS: See Plans For $7.5M Restoration Of The Historic Huntington Tea Room

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Current front entrance of The Rose Garden Tea Room. (Lisa Blackburn / Courtesy The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens)
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The historic Rose Garden Tea Room at The Huntington — the library, art museum and botanical gardens in San Marino — is getting a facelift.

The Huntington this week announced a $7.5-million dollar plan to renovate and expand their tea room. The popular spot has been closed to the public since March, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan includes a restoration of the front of the 1911 building and a new pavilion for outdoor dining. Randy Schulman, Vice President for Advancement at the Huntington, says that idea was sparked by the pandemic:

"One of the silver linings of having to figure out how to operate during a pandemic, is that we needed a space that could actually be COVID aware and that should have to operate in a hybrid setting, where tables are 6 feet apart. This facility would allow us to do that."

The project is set to be completed in 2022. Right now, you can visit The Huntington's gardens if
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Here's a preview of the plans:

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Elevation drawing shows plans for the Herb Room which will be available for private rentals, as well as the tea room's general service. (Courtesy Architectural Resource Group (ARG))
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Aerial view of the renovation project shows the front entrance and the new pavilion opening onto the Shakespeare Garden. (Courtesy Architectural Resource Group (ARG))
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Elevation drawing shows details of the main entrance and the new pavilion opening onto the Shakespeare Garden on its right. (Courtesy Architectural Resource Group (ARG))
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The Rose Garden Tea Room floor plan highlights the new and renovated spaces. The project will improve functionality in the tea room service areas. (Courtesy Architectural Resource Group (ARG))
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Sectional drawing of the tea room renovation plan highlights the inside and outside of the building, from east to west. (Courtesy Architectural Resource Group (ARG))
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The Shakespeare Room, a new pavilion planned to open next to the Shakespeare Garden. (Architectural Resource Group (ARG))

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