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Eugene J. de Sabla, Jr., Teahouse and Tea Garden

South addition to teahouse and garden

San Mateo, California

This Japanese-inspired retreat is named "Higurashi-En," the Garden Worthy of a Day of Contemplation - a triumph of architecture and landscape design. Historically significant as an early expression of the influence of Japanese culture on the development of Californian design at the beginning of the 20th century. The garden, listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 30, 1992, is the work of Japanese-born landscape designer Baron Makota Hagiwara (1854-1925). The de Sabla Teahouse and Tea Garden is the only known surviving example of his work and the only private Japanese tea garden that remains of the many that once existed on the grand estates of San Francisco and Hillsborough. The Tea Garden and Teahouse were part of the El Cerrito estate owned by Eugene de Sabla, a major industrialist who co-founded the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Photo: South addition to teahouse and garden
– Courtesy California State Historic Preservation Office

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