Tuesday, March 3, 2009

San Diego 1915: Lipton Tea Pavilion and Gardens.....

Situated on the east side of the Panama-California Exposition's Alameda, directly across from the International Harvester Company Building, the Lipton Tea Pavilion and Gardens covered an area of approximately one-acre and featured a small cultivated tea plantation. Sir Thomas Lipton was inspired to create the outdoor display after observing the extensive Southern California Model Farm and Citrus Grove that was being established on the exposition grounds; and succeeded in demonstrating tea production from the growing plants to the final preparation of the leaves. A small octagonal pavilion, located at the center of the gardens, was decorated with delicate Spanish-Colonial ornamentation and contained a tea-room where various types of Lipton's teas could be sampled.

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