What a transformation from a neglected, graffiti-tagged shell of a Conservatory to an award-winning jewel.
We were over the moon when the Friends won one of four coveted San Francisco Beautiful Awards for the Conservatory restoration. The Conservatory was also awarded Project of the Year Award 2009 for Historic Restorations (under $5 million). The honor was granted to the SF Department of Public Works by the Northern California chapter of the American Public Works Association covering 11 counties.
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So many couples have booked the Conservatory for their wedding, and found it to be “intimate,” “perfect, and ” full of “unique charm” and “loads of sunlight.”‘ “[A]n amazing spot” and “hidden treasure,” it “fit our 65 guests perfectly.” Rental Information.
Featured Post Photo: Becky Burgin, Art of Emotion Wedding Photography. … Read More
How rare to come upon an authentic space of wonder in the middle of the city grid.
William Augustus Merralls, a British engineer and inventor, built this Victorian oasis next to his home on an old dairy farm, in the new Sunnyside District in 1898. Merralls’s original vision was to gather up exotic treasures for his own private delight. His home (now 258 Monterey) still stands today. A serial entrepreneur, Merralls made his money in the invention and sale … Read More
Light floods the interior of the Conservatory, trimmed in salvaged old growth redwood. A custom ringed chandelier is an unforgettable signature element. The solid wood wall in the interior used to lead to the east wing of the Conservatory, demolished in 1978 when a permit was given in error. The Conservatory is officially San Francisco Historical Landmark #78.
Here’s a one-minute video featuring the interior of the Conservatory on Grand Re-Opening Day (to view on a mobile device, … Read More
Soon after the Friends organized, neighbor Roger Pacheco told us he had been given the old finial for safe keeping some twenty years ago when the Conservatory underwent a much smaller set of stabilization repairs. He had been using it as a doorstop in his garage. We were able to have the old finial replicated in new wood and covered in copper. A brave man scaled the exterior and gently set the new finial in place in October 2009.… Read More
William Augustus Merralls, a British engineer and inventor, built this quirky Victorian oasis next to his home on an old dairy farm, in the new Sunnyside District in 1898. A serial entrepreneur, Merralls made his money in the invention and sale of power mining equipment; he also had shipping interests, worked on the cooling systems of subway cars, and shopped proposals for flying engines. If he was around today, he’d probably be into cloud computing, high speed rail, and … Read More