Friday, July 15, 2011

Garfield Park Conservatory Hail Damage

The Garfield Park Conservatory, a Chicago landmark on the West Side, was hit by golf ball sized hail on June 30th, which left the roofs of three of its houses severely damaged, and all 9 of its production houses.  I took these photos the week after the incident:



Amazing, the Conservatory is open to the public, but only 3 of the 7 display houses are currently accessible in addition to the outdoor gardens.  The 103 year old building is truly one of the unsung gems of Chicago.  My father used to take us here when we were kids, and I have fond memories of running through its maze like interior.  To a five year old, this place is massive.

Currently the Conservatory is accepting donations on its web site to help with the repairs.  As of this writing, they still don't know the exact cost, timeline, or to what extent insurance will help pay for the damage.

2 comments:

Teresa Marie said...

I hope people will still come over to Garfield - many of the houses are still open. Outside gardens including Monet are always lovely.

Glad people like you are getting the word out!

Andy Marfia said...

I agree, Teresa. I think it was a smart move on the part of the Conservatory to keep it open even if it's just three rooms and the gardens. It's still a lovely place to visit, and from a fundraising standpoint, it doesn't hurt to let people see what happened.