Rose Garden Tea Room at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens


San Marino, CA


The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens


Architectural Resources Group

MATT’s team is undertaking the Rose Garden Tea Room rehabilitation at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Originally built for Henry E. Huntington’s private billiard room and bowling alley in 1911, the building has served as the Rose Garden Tea Room–an iconic dining destination since it opened to the public in 1930. The historical portions of the building will be preserved and restored while bringing the building up to the current code. In addition, the project will upgrade the indoor dining room space, modernize the kitchen, develop new restrooms and ancillary areas, and create a pavilion on its eastern side, opening onto the Shakespeare Garden for exterior dining service. On the west side of the building, the room that opens out to the Rose Garden will also be renovated and made available for private rentals, in addition to being used for the Tea Room’s general service. The classic and historic tea room will connect the indoor space to the physical elements of the surrounding outdoor gardens and make for a unique tea experience.

The team will seismically retrofit the structural system of the original building while also upgrading the building with new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. Site improvements will include landscaping for the Shakespeare Garden and new accessible travel paths on the east and west sides of the building.