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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory, located in Buffalo, NY, is one of the oldest Victorian conservatories in America. Originally called the South Park Conservatory when opened in 1900, it was the third largest of all conservatories in the US and the ninth largest in the world. The conservatory’s tri-domed glass, wood and steel building was designed by the premier conservatory designers of the time: Lord & Burnham. Today there are fewer than a dozen large Victorian conservatories in America. Rough Brothers was selected to design, fabricate and re-construct the glazing system for house 11 and 12 of this historic treasure.

Contract Scope Included

  • Design, engineering, fabrication and construction of a new glass & aluminum glazing system
  • New curved aluminum glazing bars designed to replicate the original wood profiles
  • New curved laminated patterned glass
  • New roof vents
  • New glazing for wood replicated sidewall vents
  • New snow and ice guards to protect the glazing system for the harsh Buffalo winter

Conservatory Statistics

The central dome is 67’ high and the twin end domes are 36’ high. Original 1900 construction took two yeas to complete at a cost of $130,000. Today, the gardens maintain 15 greenhouses covering several thousand square feet. The conservatory and greenhouses contain over 1500 species of plants and attract more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Conservatory Design, Manufacturing and Construction
Rough Brothers Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio

URS Corporation
Buffalo, NY

One comment on “The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory”

  1. Alicia says:

    I’ve been to the Buffalo Conservatory, it is magnificient!

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