|Found: The New Horticultural Conservatory, Milwaukee, Wis.|
Plants from all over the world are on exhibit.
Copyright by L. L. Cook Co. Milwaukee, circa 1967
|Found: Conservatory from Sunken Garden, Mitchell Park, Milwaukee.|
E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. circa 1910
The Conservatory at Mitchell Park in Milwaukee served the public with greenhouse displays of flowers from 1898 to 1955. Imagine a respite from the clatter of city life surrounded by flowers and sun pouring through glass. After only a half century of use, the Conservatory was determined "unsafe and impractical to repair" and demolished. The cleared site made way for the space age "Domes" under construction from 1959 to 1967. Each of the three glass beehive shaped structures (designed by Donald Greib) featured climate-controlled escapes for visitors stuck with an endless Wisconsin winter or in need of a change of scene. A desert dome, a tropical dome, and a floral show dome were built for a total cost of $4.5 million without bond. Half century later, LED lights and a light show were added, repairs made, and a grand re-opening staged providing inspiration to all of those who have visited these "ultra modern" wonders.