Garfield Park ConservatoryPrint
300 N. Central Park Ave. | Neighborhood: Garfield Park / North Lawndale
When the Garfield Park Conservatory was completed in 1908 it was the largest greenhouse in the world. Renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen conceived of the building’s design and philosophy, which was meant to emulate Midwestern haystacks. Until Jens Jensen revolutionized the concept of greenhouse conservatories, they typically looked like museums with vast quantities of potted plants arranged in impressive though uninspiring displays. Jensen instead approached the design of the Conservatory as “landscape art under glass,” creating scenic interior vistas with meandering pathways, lagoons and exotic plants—planted not in pots, but directly into the ground. In the Garfield Park Conservatory, Jensen succeeded in transporting visitors to natural environments around the world.
Today the Conservatory inspires and educates visitors about the power of nature through innovative programs, and special events. As park district owned facility, visits to the Garfield Park Conservatory are free.
Behind the Scenes Access: Take an architectural tour of the Conservatory where guides will illuminate Jensen's revolutionary design. NOTE: Tours will have limited capacity and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Architect(s): Jens Jensen