A former San Marino couple has donated $2 million for the second-phase construction of the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
The donation by Judy Yin Shih and Joel Axelrod, who now live in Oregon, will fund the Clear and Transcendent Pavilion, a traditional Chinese structure, which will be at the edge of the lake on the garden's undeveloped north side, Huntington officials announced.
In a statement, Shih cited her experience as a Huntington docent in 2008 as helping to inspire the gift.
"My experience as a docent not only raised my awareness of the varieties of Chinese gardens, but helped me develop a deeper appreciation for the understated grace and subtle meanings within a scholar's garden," she said. "I found a place where I can let my own garden grow."
The 1,129-square-foot pavilion will serve as an outdoor performance space for presentations of Chinese music and dance, according to Huntington officials.