About the Museum
The design of the landscape at Sunnylands Center & Gardens was inspired by the Annenberg collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The gardens were designed to reflect the importance of these paintings to the Annenbergs, who bequeathed them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991. The Los Angeles architectural firm of Frederick Fisher & Partners, which has restored three houses by the estate’s original architect, A. Quincy Jones, references the midcentury modern style of the historic house, with its signature roof, outdoor trellises, exposed wide-flanged columns, and circular driveway. The Center's two 16-foot-high lava-stone walls, quarried in Utah, are homage to the 11-foot lava-stone walls from Mexico used by A. Quincy Jones in the historic house. The walls create a grand frame for the Center's interior space.