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Aergc Newsletter (Autumn 2004)

  • Monday, July 01, 2013

Master landscape architect Jens Jen­sen's  monumental  achievement, the 184-acre Garfield Park Conservatory has again been restored to its former shimmering "landscape  art  under glass" status thanks to a benevolent combination of commerce,  politics and Rough Brothers Conservatory Division.

Located  in Garfield Park, lllinois. just minutes south of downtown Chicago, the dome-like steel and wood main structure, the Palm House, was designed by Jensen to "remind visitors of giant Midwest­ern haystacks." When completed in 1907 the conservatory was consid­ ered such a novelty that thousands of people a day flocked to the facil­ ity, as much in awe of the structure as of the plants on exhibit.

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