A former parking lot at the Huntington Library is now a beautiful Visitor Center, with more to come

Architecture, Preservation, West
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Entrance to the Huntington's new Visitors Center (Tim Street-Porter)

Entrance to the Huntington’s new visitor center. (Tim Street-Porter)

On January 14, the Huntington Library in San Marino, California opened the doors to its newly constructed visitor center, designed by Architectural Resources Group (ARG) on the grounds of prestigious gardens’ former parking lot. This first part of a larger 52,000 square foot project consists of an admissions area, a café, and a new museum shop.

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Slideshow> Ellis Island West

West
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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When anyone thinks of U.S. immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries they picture Ellis Island. But the West Coast’s counterpart was the US Immigration Station at Angel Island, a 1910 collection of modest timber buildings located off the coast of Tiburon, just outside San Francisco.

Until the end of World War II thousands of immigrants arrived here; most from the far east. And while Ellis Island was no picnic, this was an even harder place. Technically a detention center, its crowded barracks held hundreds of people for up to a year at a time. Thanks to California State Parks’ recent $20 million renovation by SF-based Architectural Resources Group and Tom Eliot Fisch, you can now visit.

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