“A gem of victorian architecture”
The Conservatory of Flowers has captivated guests for more than a century. This gem of Victorian architecture has a long and storied history, and is the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America. As a city, state, and national historic landmark, the Conservatory remains one of the most beloved attractions in Golden Gate Park. During the early to mid 20th century the Conservatory of Flowers was challenged by: accidents, economics and maintenance issues. After World War II and several boiler explosions that deemed the building structually unsound, the Conservatory finally reopened to the public. From 1964-1981 much of the work at the Conservatory was spent upgrading and maintaining this elegant wooden structure. In early 1998, the Conservatory of Flowers was placed on the 100 most Endangered World Monuments list by the World Monuments Fund. The National Trust for Historic Preservation adopted the Conservatory into its Save America's Treasures program, launched as part of First Lady Hillary Clinton's Millennium Council projects. Publicity from these efforts eventually led to a fundraising campaign to raise the $25 million dollars for the rehabilitation, restoration, and stabilization of the Conservatory. The Conservatory is one of the most photographed landmarks in San Francisco and remains a favorite attraction for visitors and locals alike. Since re-opening in September 2003, the Conservatory of Flowers has garnered numerous local, state and national awards.
I love this place. If you're biking through the park, take a break and hang out here. :)
I have mixed feelings here.
My favorite part was the butterfly room. Although often crowded, it was somewhat serene and peaceful filled with pretty butterflies enjoying their afternoon lunch on fake and some real flowers. Another segment of the Conservatory I appreciated was the area with carnivorous plants. It is pretty neat to know they catch an insect as if they were animals themselves.
While the conservatory appears grand from they outside, inside there are only a few rooms. For San Francisco, it just does not seem enough. At the same time, the cost is only $8, so I can't really complain about the price.
Overall, it is an ok place to stop by if you have nothing else to do.
This is the best place to hang out and catch some rays on a sunny day. It's right near the panhandle too, so it's not too far into the park if you're coming from the east.
We were married here. It's a wonderful place to just breath in all the beauty.
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Conservatory of Flowers
- Sun, Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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