The Missing Fleurs-de-lis

Next Tuesday is Bastille Day, when France celebrates the start of the French Revolution, which began with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. To mark the occasion, we highlight items in The Huntington’s European art collection that have been forever altered due to the revolution’s success. Located … Continue reading

Taking the Long View

What happens when you try to recreate panoramic photos taken on The Huntington’s property a hundred years ago? Earlier this year, award-winning Los Angeles photographer John C. Lewis spent a few days on the grounds to find out. His mission: capture images that approximate two 1915 panoramas from our archives—one of … Continue reading

Let’s Get Oriented

Did you know that the Huntington property was once home to the first commercial avocado orchard in Southern California? That in 1910, Henry Huntington’s network of trolley cars, the Pacific Electric “Red Cars,” stretched over 1,300 miles across Los Angeles? That in Huntington’s day, the temple bell in the Japanese … Continue reading

A Place of Honor

Visitors who’ve roamed The Huntington might have noticed a bronze plaque near the pool at the south end of the Jungle Garden dedicated to William Hertrich, Henry Huntington’s first superintendent of the gardens.  But over the years the plaque gradually became obscured by the surrounding flora, an off-the-beaten track recognition … Continue reading

A Grand Old Flagpole

A Grand Old Flagpole

Henry Huntington must have loved the Fourth of July, because when it came to flag-waving he went to great lengths (and heights) to show his patriotic spirit. The grand old flagpole that he purchased in 1909 is 148 feet of solid Douglas fir, cut from a single tree. The metallic paint job is so convincing that most Huntington visitors have no idea the pole is made of wood. Continue reading