The Conservatory of Flowers

Historic Image of the Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park and the Conservatory of Flowers have been very popular destinations for over a century. The Conservatory welcomed its 1 millionth visitor in November 2007.
Public Archives; procured for the Historic Structure Report by Architectural Resources Group

Located inside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest glass and wood conservatory in North America. 

The Conservatory is home to almost 2,000 plant species, some of which have been at the Conservatory since its opening. The Victoria Amazonica for example, was first shown in the United States at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, and is still a very prominent and beloved exhibit. 

The Conservatory of Flowers that we know today, with its exquisite exterior and marvelous collection of exotic flowers and plants, has gone through many renovations after facing numerous boiler explosions, a fire, economic hardships particularly during the Great Depression, and rough storms in 1995 and 1996. The Conservatory went through two closures: one in 1933 and one more recently in 1996. After the 1996 closure, the Conservatory appeared on the list of 100 most Endangered World Monuments and was also adopted into the Save America’s Treasures program launched by former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Publicity from these two programs raised $25 million dollars to restore and revamp the Conservatory, ensuring that many more generations will continue to enjoy its beauty.

Image of the modern day Conservatory of flowers in Golden Gate Park
Aside from regular visitors, the Conservatory now hosts many school field trips and even weddings!
Photo by DaveOinSF