Originally constructed in 1878, the Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park. It is a City and County of San Francisco Landmark and is also listed on the National and California registers.
ARG has worked on a number of projects at the Conservatory of Flowers over the years including serving as the Prime Architect for its rehabilitation in 2003.
It’s six year restoration included lateral strengthening, and new mechanical and electrical systems and most notably new automated environmental control systems that operate the heating, ventilation, and fogging systems, capable of simulating the native environments the plants need to survive.
For this project, ARG assessed waterproofing deficiencies due to failing traditional materials, developed and tested a remedial repair using modern materials, served as Project Architect for the preparation of construction documents, and provided construction administration services.
The Historic Structure Report (HSR) ARG authored covered extensive research and documentation that clarified the building’s history and construction chronology. Informed by the research phase, we developed designs for restoration, addressing the building’s HVAC and structural deficiencies.
All restoration efforts were in accordance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The project also enabled the expansion of the educational component to provide information about the rare and endangered plant species housed within the structure.
Most recently in 2017, ARG prepared a maintenance plan for maintaining and preserving the exterior and interior building materials and features.