The Original Japanese Tea Pavilion

For many years, a Japanese garden has been the dream of San Diegans, many of whom recall our original Japanese tea house.


Built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition, the tea house stood for more than thirty years as a symbol of the strong cultural and commercial ties that linked two of the world's leading nations. After the Exposition, strong community interest kept the Japanese Tea Pavilion open for thirty years within Balboa Park, San Diego's cultural center. Visit the San Diego Historical Society web site for a wonderful and detailed account of the Panama-California Exposition San Diego 1915-1916, by Richard Amero. The following are images from archives of the San Diego Historical Society:

Japanese Tea Pavilion 1915

 The bridge with two women