We couldn’t have been more pleased when the restoration of the Conservatory won Project of the Year Award 2009 for Historic Restorations (under $5 million). The award was granted to the San Francisco Department of Public Works by the Northern California chapter of the American Public Works Association covering 11 counties. See the restored Conservatory lit at dusk.
Project: City + County of SF … Read More
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.
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
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
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.
Like our paint colors? They are all Benjamin Moore (BM) colors formulated in ICI paints. That’s the paint company specified by RPD. A special thank you to Kristie White for creating this custom paint palette for the Conservatory.
Main body of building exterior: Narragansett green, BM HC-157; Window sash: River Rock–BM 2139-10
Trim: Livingston Gold–BM, HC 16 + Tate Olive, BM, HC 112 Metal Elements: BM Bronzetone 60
Interior of Building is a clear stain on the salvaged old-growth redwood from