Save Our Pagoda

by Friends of the Japanese Tea Garden

In commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Japanese Tea Garden in 2019 and the 150th Anniversary of Golden Gate Park in 2020, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Friends of the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Recreation and Park Department of San Francisco are collaborating on a $2 million dollar Japanese Tea Garden Revitalization Campaign.

Japanese Tea Garden projects include:

Restoration of the Pagoda. This iconic feature of the garden was constructed for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915 and brought to the Garden at the fair’s conclusion. Built as an indoor structure, it has not fared well outdoors. It was moved to its present location in 1943 after the Shinto Shrine previously located here was demolished in 1942 at the height of anti-Japanese furor. 

Stabilization and restoration of the Torii Gate. The Torii Gate was built in 1913 to herald the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. It was removed in 2001 due to structural issues and stored in the maintenance yard. 

Extensive repair to Long Bridge. As Makoto Hagiwara expanded the Garden westward, he built an elevated, slightly curving bridge to connect the Shinto Shrine area (now Pagoda area) with the Tea Garden in the eastern part of the Garden. 

Landscape improvements to the Pagoda Area. A more functional, design-appropriate landscape will slightly expand the fenced area around the Pagoda. With the fence removed this space might function as a gathering place for cultural activities and for special occasions. It would be an important first step in re-building a community of care and support for the Garden.

San Francisco Parks Alliance will contract for landscape design services and, with the Recreation and Park Department, will supervise construction and planting. 

Private funds donated to the Campaign will be highly leveraged. The City has pledged to cover 85% of the cost of this project.

For more information, please visit our parent site: Friends of the Japanese Tea Garden. For information about the tea garden hours, services, etc., please visit:  The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park or this site from the Recreation and Parks Department of San Francisco. Questions or more information, please write:

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