Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden

The Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden is a Japanese garden located at 270 Arlington Drive in Pasadena, California. The garden was designed and built over seven years starting in 1935 when Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns hired first generation immigrant, and Japanese landscape designer, Kinzuchi Fujii. The 1.45-acre (0.59 ha) garden took four years to construct once its design was complete and cost $150,000. The garden was designed as a Hill and Pond Strolling Garden, the "chisen kaiyu shiki" form, which traditionally includes water features and walking paths. This garden includes 25-foot (7.6 m) ponds with waterfalls, hills, bridges and paths. The garden's teahouse and many of its granite, bronze, and wood features were imported from Japan. The garden became a landmark for the Japanese community in Pasadena, and its teahouse served as a meeting place for Japanese cultural activities until it burned down in 1981.[2] It was rebuilt to the original plans during the garden's recent[when?] restoration by Takeo Uesugi, FASLA.[citation needed]

Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden entrance.JPG
The entrance to the garden
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden is located in California
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden is located in the United States
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden
Location270 Arlington Dr., Pasadena, California
Coordinates34°7′41″N 118°9′21″W / 34.12806°N 118.15583°W / 34.12806; -118.15583Coordinates: 34°7′41″N 118°9′21″W / 34.12806°N 118.15583°W / 34.12806; -118.15583
Area1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built1937 (1937)
ArchitectKinzuchi Fuji
Architectural styleJapanese
NRHP reference No.05000050[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 15, 2005

The garden is open to the public the last Sunday of every week during the pandemic.

The garden was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 15, 2005.[1]

The garden's entrance walkway

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Grimes, Teresa (August 28, 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden". National Park Service. Retrieved May 10, 2013.

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