As many of you know I am a passionate supporter of the Garfield Park Conservatory, a historic landmark and pillar to landscape architecture in Chicago. What you may not know is that this past week, the conservatory sustained significant damage to the oldest parts of the structure and is closed until further notice.
|Photo from Garfield Park Conservatory Website|
I’ve talked with many of the staff and personally share their shock and sense of helplessness. There is damage to over 60% of the glass roof. The oldest parts of the conservatory, which had never been upgraded to tempered glass, were hardest hit including the Fern Room, the Show House, and the desert house. All the propagation greenhouses were impacted as you can clearly see on the video on Fox news with aerial footage.
|Extensive damage to Greenhouses - Garfield Conservatory July 2011|
The Garfield Park Conservatory will be putting a capital campaign in place to cope with this emergency. I imagine that page will show up on the site in the next day or so. Until then, if you are so inclined please use the “donate now” button on their site to contribute. Also anyone out there with a blog, facebook page or other social media connections - please help get the word out.
Today I'm singing the blues