|Jimmy's Oriental Gardens
In March of 2007, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation purchased the Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens property at 126 East Canon Perdido Street (next to El Cuartel in El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park) from the Chung family who had operated the Chinese restaurant and lived in the adjoining residence for sixty years. The acquisition of Jimmy’s uniquely enhances SBTHP's ability to interpret the many-layered history of Santa Barbara’s Presidio Neighborhood, which has included Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Euro-American, Chinese and Japanese settlers over the past 200-plus years.
Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens was a longtime favorite for locals and tourists alike before closing its doors in 2006 with the retirement of operator Tommy Chung. Opened in 1947 by Tommy’s father, Jimmy Yee Chung, the Chung family and Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens have been a part of the diverse communities of people who have lived and worked within the Presidio Neighborhood. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the area in and around the Santa Barbara Presidio included communities of Chinese and Japanese, residing in what was a unique and culturally rich neighborhood. As the last Chinese–run business in Chinatown, Jimmy’s serves as a visible link to that past.
Preserving a Unique Cultural Heritage
Following the acquisition of Jimmy's, SBTHP formed an advisory group to help guide us in a series of programs related to Santa Barbara’s Asian American history. The work of this advisory group will lay the foundation for planning the future design and content of exhibits and programs for Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens. Ongoing and past programs include:
During the initial planning and outreach to develop a museum in Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens we have met several interested scholars and community members who are providing valuable input and support. To offer your support, or for more information on this project visit the Santa Barbara Presidio Research Center or call (805) 965-2004.
|El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park • Casa de la Guerra • Santa Inés Mission Mills • Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens
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