San Marino, California

Huntington Library 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 on the grounds of their residence in San Marino.  A key figure in the development of Southern California, Huntington was an active collector of British and American rare books and manuscripts, as well as British and European art. In addition to its research fellowship program, the Huntington opens its library, gallery buildings, and 120 acres of botanical gardens to the public. 

Our Master Plan for the campus, completed with Sasaki and Gensler, serves as a blueprint for preservation and development of the Huntington campus. The Plan provides guidelines for architecture, landscape, and site development, clarifies campus connections and overall circulation, and proposes enhancements to public education functions. It balances resources, revenue endowment, and capital allocation, and prioritizes needed initiatives throughout the campus. 

Client
The Huntington, Building and Grounds Committee
Status
Completed 2005
Project Size
150 Acres
Program
Library, Museum, and Gardens
“While the Huntington is an internationally recognized collections-based research and educational institution – and one of the largest independent research libraries in the nation – we must work to preserve the estate-like qualities enjoyed by more than 500,000 visitors annually. Ann Beha will help to create an integrated vision and practical strategies that will guide both the conservation and evolution of the property over the long term. This comes at a critical time, providing us with the opportunity to survey our property in detail and think about how, and under what circumstances, new initiatives might be undertaken.” — Steven Koblik, (then) President, Huntington Library, Art Museums and Botanical Gardens
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Andrew Grote AIA, Paula Gerlach, Caroline Smogorzewski (ABA/Annum); Gensler (Associate Architect); Sasaki (Landscape), Kaku Associates (Traffic); Davis Langdon Adamson (Cost)