Volunteer Park Conservatory

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a botanical garden, conservatory, and Seattle landmark located in Seattle, Washington at the north end of Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill.

Made up of 3,426 glass panes fit into a wood and iron framework, this Victorian-style greenhouse structure is modeled on London’s Crystal Palace. Inside, the Volunteer Park Conservatory is divided into five display houses: bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal, and cacti/succulents.

Several sculptural features and artworks adorn the conservatory. The ornate beveled glass lunette window found just above the entry is original to 1912. In 1981, the conservatory added a hand blown and stained green glass canopy designed by Richard Spaulding and entitled “Homage in Green” to the entry vestibule.

Additional green glass pieces, also designed by Spaulding, were added in 1982 and 1995. The lunette or “peacock window” over the main entry is the only original wood and glass piece remaining from 1912 after two renovations. It was restored in 2000.

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