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.
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The Grand Re-Opening Day (December 5, 2009) was more wonderful that the Friends dared dream. Over 400 people showed up. We made that morning’s San Francisco Chronicle with a photo on the front page, the sun shone, bagpipes played, the mayor and dignitaries came, family and friends were there, the ribbon was cut, tours were given, the high-tea spread was bountiful, kids made souvenir buttons, and the community came together.
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.
A Vivacious Jam by the Accordion Babes: Sweet Penny Royals, Renee de la Prade, Luz Gaxiola and Circus Finelli, Rhubarb Whiskey + Joan Wilson Reuter.
A don’t-miss event by women who take the traditional “Squeeze Box” instrument in unique ways (squeezeboxgoddess.com). Here’s a radio interview of Accordion Babe Roxanne Oliva talking with Co-Chair Arnold Levine on the Tommy’s Holiday Camp Radio Show.