After a 2-year study, JAMA is assisting The Huntington Library in moving forward with the seismic renovation and relocation of a former samurai house from Marugame Japan to the Huntington’s San Marino campus. The team for the project, referred to as the Japanese Heritage House, has grown to include two Japanese architects, one American architect, a general contractor, framers, and craftsmen.
In March, Project Manager Kim Pacheco traveled to Marugame to view the house in its existing condition and meet other members of the team. This summer, a rehearsal build will take place in neighboring Matsuyama, Japan, including templates to locate new plywood shear walls. The house will then be disassembled and packed into shipping containers, due to arrive in the US by the end of the year. Reconstruction in California will begin in January 2020, along with construction of a new gate house and site wall to enclose a new exhibit space. Planning of this complex project has required extensive coordination between the Japanese and American teams. Reconstruction of the existing structural elements and architectural finishes will be performed by Japanese tradesmen while all new construction will be performed by US workers. Finishes in the new structures will also be performed by Japanese tradesmen.