Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave Chicago

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Garfield Park Conservatory

Address: 300 N. Central Park Ave. // Architects: Jens Jensen with Schmidt, Garden and Martin, 1907
Click the speaker icon for audio commentary by Julia S. Bachrach, head of Julia Bachrach Consulting and former Chicago Park District historian and planning supervisor.

One of the largest conservatories in the country, some 2,000 plant species—native and exotic—are on view here. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the dramatic Palm House (with more than 80 varieties of palm) and Fern Room take center stage, and there are 10 acres of finely sculpted outdoor lawns and gardens. With this project, Jens Jensen turned against the Victorian ideal of the formal conservatory characterized by plants on pedestals and a linear progression through rooms. Instead, he created as naturalistic an experience as possible with a densely forested indoor landscape enhanced by stone formations and water features that were inspired by a Midwestern palette.

"Landscape Art Under Glass"
JULIA BACHRACH'S BLOG

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