Credit: Fred Charles

New York Botanical Garden, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

At the New York Botanical Garden, BBB has restored a crown jewel of conservatory architecture.

The Enid A. Haupt conservatory, constructed by the Lord and Burnham Co. in 1902, is considered one of the most magnificent conservatories of its time. Throughout its history, it underwent a series of alterations that compromised architectural details and failed to solve recurring environmental and maintenance issues. When BBB was retained in 1993 to re-create its original appearance and to ensure structural stability, the building was in a severely deteriorated state. BBB’s work includes the mitigation of lead-based coatings throughout; the stabilization of the entire steel framing system; the installation of advanced and automated temperature, humidity and ventilation systems; modern life safety and ADA systems; and the complete redesign of exhibits. The Conservatory is a New York City landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Client

New York Botanical Garden; New York City Department of General Services

Location

Bronx, NY

Size

55,000 SF

Completed

1997

People

FAIA, LEED AP
Partner, Director of Historic Preservation