The Conservatory has interesting roots. It was found, still in crates, amongst the effects of the richest man in California, James Lick, after he passed away in 1876. After prominent San Francisco businessmen purchased the Conservatory from the Lick Estate, they donated it to the Park Commission of San Francisco. By 1879 the Victorian structure was erected and the Conservatory was open to the public.
Even though the structure has seen two fires, in 1883 and 1918, and suffered severe damage from a windstorm in 1995 which closed the structure for eight years, it survived the 1906 earthquake.
The Victorian architecture features plenty of gingerbread details:
The dome looks great from the outside:
And the inside:
Their floors are divine:
Their signage is beautiful:
They have a some lovely displays:
and impressive displays of epiphytes:
This is just a sneak peek, next time I’ll show you lots of flowers. Watch this (blog)spot!