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Teahouse Project, Cornell University
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Type: HISTORY
Last Updated: 5/2/2004
Contact Name: Marc Peter Keane
Contact E-Mail: info@mpkeane.com
  http://www.t-house.info/


In Spring 2003, Marc Peter Keane organized a group of forty Cornell University students to develop the 'Teahouse Project'. What began as a seminar to study the early development of chanoyu culture, architecture and gardens developed into the construction of an experimental teahouse and tea garden (cha-tei) outside the Johnson Museum at Cornell. The teahouse and garden are being made by the students almost entirely from natural materials that they are collecting from forests, fields, and farms around Lake Cayuga. Those materials included maple saplings, reeds, the stems of willows and red-twig dogwoods, barn-boards, river pebbles, and field stones. It was completed in time for a special event in Spring 2003 at the Johnson Museum at which Chinese, Korean, and Japanese tea will be served by three teamasters.

Building on that success, Keane and the students developed a website, http://www.t-house.info/, to provide detailed information on the history of tea culture and architecture, gardens, and plans for the experimental teahouse.



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