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Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 3 March 2021 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Constructed between 1906 and 1907, the Garfield Park Conservatory was designed by Chicago's general superintendent and chief landscape architect, Jens Jensen in collaboration with Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden and Martin and the New York engineering firm of Hitchings and Company. It represents a unique collaboration of architects, engineers, landscape architects, sculptors and artisans.

Jensen conceived the Conservatory as a series of naturalistic landscapes under glass, a revolutionary idea at the time. The simple yet strong shape of the structure, which is meant to emulate the haystacks of the Midwest, complements the collection of plants and foliage that it houses.

Today, the Conservatory still follows the original tenets of Jensen. One of the most popular rooms is the first presented to visitors, the Palm Room. In it over 84 different varieties of palm trees can be found from the over 2,700 known to exist today. Of particular importance is the double coconut palm first grown by employees of the Conservatory in 1959. The double coconut palm is only found off the coast of South Africa in its native environment and produces what is believed to be the largest seed of any plant in the world weighing up to 50 lb. The double coconut palm at the Conservatory died of currently unknown causes in February 2012.

After many decades of neglect, the conservatory underwent a multi-million dollar restoration in 1994. The non-profit Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance formed to help maintain the structure and provide programs and services for visitors.

In a hailstorm on the night of June 30, 2011, the Conservatory suffered catastrophic damage to glass in showrooms as well as production houses where plants are grown or stored. Five showrooms contained laminated glass and therefore sustained less damage. Some areas were reopened to the public on July 3, 2011.

Processed with PhotoScape using a colored pencil filter.

From the archives..............Photo captured April 27, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

An interesting, slightly different way to process an image. One could imagine being drawn.

3 Mar 2021 6:37am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Very nice draw and interesting note Steven.

3 Mar 2021 7:07am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Merci pour tes explications sur toute cette architecture ..j'ai fait des études d'architecture il y a bien longtemps et cette répresentation dessinée me plait beaucoup

3 Mar 2021 7:42am

jpla from Anjou, France

excellent partage

3 Mar 2021 7:46am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

How fun, Steven, to get artsy with such a landmark.

3 Mar 2021 8:04am

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France

Très beau graphisme .

3 Mar 2021 8:13am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very nice drawing of this building

3 Mar 2021 8:30am

jean pierre from Paris, France

sympa ce traitement!!

3 Mar 2021 8:59am

rem_la from Villiers, France

Superbe traitement

3 Mar 2021 9:03am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nicely done

3 Mar 2021 9:14am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You have made an excellent architectural drawing of it

3 Mar 2021 9:16am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and great processing .

3 Mar 2021 10:11am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent result with this image Steven.

3 Mar 2021 10:29am

willy from Belgium

beau travail Steven et des informations intéressantes

j'utilse parfois PhotoShape, mais je n'ai pas encore utilisé ce genre de traitement

have a nice day

3 Mar 2021 11:08am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

really nice artsy appeal. perfect for the scene.

3 Mar 2021 2:45pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely depiction of the image !! Very very creative.
And Thank you so much for the History. Makes a very interesting reading too!!!

3 Mar 2021 3:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A beautiful presentation. How sad to hear of the damages.

3 Mar 2021 3:18pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


3 Mar 2021 3:28pm

Rose from United States

I so would love to visit this place. I want to remember to Google it when on computer.

3 Mar 2021 3:37pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Ta présentation est très attrayante. Beau traitement, cela fait une oeuvre créative. .

3 Mar 2021 5:16pm

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

Like this rendition very much. It's quite true to it's concept...resembling the shape of a haystack

3 Mar 2021 7:08pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice work!

3 Mar 2021 9:46pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A beautiful place. I love the architecture. I am so glad that it was restored after so many years. I love this pencil drawing effect!

3 Mar 2021 10:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image with this interesting processing.

3 Mar 2021 10:12pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I can imagine the damage of a hailstorm. That must have been devastating. Nice use of filters.

3 Mar 2021 10:22pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Looks nice

3 Mar 2021 10:49pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool processing of that lovely shot. I like the balanced composition.

4 Mar 2021 12:03am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

lovely "blueprint" processing. I have not been there for decades.

4 Mar 2021 1:05am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I really like your processing... reminds me of an architects drawing! Very sad about the damage in 2011.

5 Mar 2021 2:37am

Diane from Parksville, Canada

What a shame about all the damage incurred. I bet it's an absolutely ideal place for taking photos.

5 Mar 2021 9:14pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Une création originale et superbe!

6 Mar 2021 8:40am