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Monday, March 1, 2010

Theme day: Passageway

This is one of my favorite passageways in town. It's at the Huntington Library and Gardens, so hidden from the main part of the gardens that for several years I didn't even know it was there. On either side of this alleyway are some of the oldest original orange groves in the San Gabriel Valley, part of the ranch acquired by Henry Huntington over 100 years ago. Not for tourist eating!

Later this week I'll show you where the passageway leads. In the meantime, tomorrow we'll attend to Zen Tuesday.

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27 comments:

lewi14 said...

What a nice passageway. It looks like fresh because of the beautiful trees. A very photo for that theme day.

Dina said...

Stately, estately, cool shade, inviting.

Shell Sherree said...

I feel like I need a gown with a bustle for my walk down this charming passageway.

Hilda said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful place to walk around — and with a library too! Joy of joys! :)

Jilly said...

Absolutely beautiful. A lovely choice, Petrea. I'm with Shell Sheree in her comment!

Lori Lynn said...

Elegant passageway! Excellent theme day choice!
LL

Petrea said...

I don't know much about this land before Huntington bought it. There may have bustles worn along this alley before then, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bustle
but probably not while he was there (after 1903). His wife, Arabella, was very stylish. By that I don't mean faddish. She would have worn what was expensive and proper for a rich woman.

altadenahiker said...

Before Huntington, it was an orange orchard, owned by the Shorb family. Bustles are possible, but this passageway wouldn't have existed prior to -- perhaps -- 1920.

Virginia said...

Oh now that's what I love. Wonderful shot. I'd like to walk right down that path! On second thought, I'd like to ride down through there in a carriage.....with Rhett Butler of course. Sigh
V

Petrea said...

Thanks, Hiker. Being a docent at the Huntington, you would know when this passageway was built. And thanks for keeping it cryptic.

Virginia, I believe both Huntingtons rode there in a carriage of some sort at least once. It is a beautiful spot. I'll show more pics after tomorrow.

Bellis said...

Huntington? Fiddlesticks! It's the passageway to Mr Darcy's house, and there's a lake at the end of it.

L Barlow, AIA said...

John Russell Pope

;-)

Tash said...

Oh my, that is a splendid passageway...and such a nice passege into the past too. A must for me to check out next time I make my way up there.

Petrea said...

Don't tell that to Margaret, Bellis. We'll never get her out of there.

You architects always stick together, L.

You must, Tash. It's my favorite place at the Huntington.

Margaret said...

I don't know. I think there might be some monsters hiding behind the hedge.

pasadenapio said...

A little-known fact: Yes, The Huntington is in San Marino but a small portion is inside the Pasadena city limits. The City of Pasadena has a long-standing, ongoing relationship with The Huntington. Sometimes we have staff retreats and other meetings over there, which is a real treat.

Katie said...

What an alluring alley! Now I've got a hankering for a Huntington haunt.

Petrea said...

Monsters jump out and reprimand you if you pick an orange, Margaret. Or so I've heard.

Would that be in the northwest part, Ann? In looking at an overhead Google photo of the Huntington I see that a huge portion of the grounds, maybe 1/4 or more, is undeveloped and not open to the public. Of course that's the part I want to explore. (Hiker.)

Katie, when you were here I vaguely knew this existed but didn't know where it was. Now I know.

Greg Sweet said...

On the subject of orange pilfering, I posted a page from a reproduction of an old guide to the City of Sierra Madre HERE

altadenahiker said...

Let's do it some morning, Petrea.

J Bar said...

Looks like a good one.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Thal Armathura said...

I can attest to the oranges being quite tasty; this is a very secluded spot and I've enjoyed it many times.

Petrea said...

I wonder what year that was, Greg. Some things never change.

Email sent, Hiker.

Thanks, JBar.

No hand slap, Thal?

Greg Sweet said...

A dictionary of Sierra Madre and Guide, Philosopher and Friend for Tourists, Travellers and Investors

Edited by J. G. Blumer - 1906

AmyR said...

I've seen that passage before thanks to Hiker. I'd never ventured back there before somehow.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» looks forward to seeing what's inside...

Petrea said...

Tomorrow I'll tease you with more photos, Louis. I think it's one of San Marino's most beautiful spots.