After viewing the fields of Ojai yesterday, we decided to go to Pasadena today, with a quick detour to La Cañada Flintridge. A big thank you to A Patel, who suggested in the comments on the post about Montecito that we stop by The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens. This place is wonderful! I knew next to nothing about it except that Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger gave something like $32 million dollars as a donation to help them construct a new $60 million building that opens next year.
[mainbodyad]I can see why it was a good investment. The Huntington is a massive collection of walkable trails and buildings on the estate of the late railroad tycoon Henry Edwards Huntington. There are 120 acres of botanical gardens including a Chinese garden, Japanese garden, rose garden, and simulated rainforest. There are antiques, rugs, oil paintings, silver, and rare manuscripts. This sort of place is a paradise to me. Entrance for the two of us was only $46, and for those who live in the area, you can get annual subscriptions that are very affordable. There appear to be research labs and classrooms here, too. It’s sort of an homage to learning and history.
If I lived in Pasadena, I’d be here quite often. I bought a huge biography of the place and will pick up another one later. I’m excited to add another case study to my files, though it appears that Huntington had an enormous advantage in the head start he received as the nephew of a very powerful magnate, so it’s not quite like a John D. Rockefeller or Andrew Carnegie story, which could explain why his name isn’t very well known throughout the rest of the country like the oil and steel barons were, respectively.
No, seriously. I’m not kidding. Look at this …
We’re heading to The Langham Huntington Hotel. So far, I like Pasadena. I can’t wait to explore it some more.