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Huntington Library, Norton Simon closed due to fierce winds

December 1, 2011 |  1:32 pm


The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino will be closed through at least Friday due to damage sustained by the unusually strong winds moving through Southern California.

Huntington spokeswoman Susan Turner-Lowe said structures and galleries appeared to be in good shape but a number of trees were downed. "They were some very sizable trees, in various locations," said the spokeswoman. Among the casualties were some historic oaks pines and palm trees, she said.

The Huntington could reopen as early as Saturday but the museum said that a return of the strong winds, as forecast, might make that impossible.

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena said on its website that it was closed Thursday due to the city's state of emergency.

The Pasadena area sustained some of the area's worst damage late Wednesday and early Thursday. Trees were uprooted, wreaking havoc in neighborhoods. Many residents in the Pasadena area were still without water and power Thursday afternoon.

Some essential Huntington staff reported to work Thursday, including clean-up crews, but most remained at home, Turner-Lowe said.


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Photo: The Huntington. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times