The great glasshouses of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were some of the most creative expressions of the new technologies developed during the Industrial Revolution. The use of iron and glass in the construction of large-scale buildings opened the door to advancements in building design never before possible. They were the precursors of modern architecture, the roots of the art nouveau movement and housed some of the first attempts to collect and preserve the flora of our planet.
Today, the conservatory is enjoying a robust resurgence reminiscent of its founding almost two hundred years ago when iron and glass first came together in the minds of an inventive few designers. They continue to enchant those who have fallen under their charm.