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Lincoln Park Conservatory

This is an archived listing.


2391 N. Stockton Dr.


Lincoln Park


Joseph Lyman Silsbee, 1895


Constructed between 1890 and 1895, the Lincoln Park Conservatory was designed by Joseph Lyman Silsbee in collaboration with M.E. Bell.  A "paradise under glass," the Conservatory supports "a luxuriant tropical growth, blending the whole into a natural grouping of Nature's loveliest forms."  When it opened, two artificially-heated lily pools were installed nearby, featuring aquatic plants propagated in Conservatory tanks. The lilies were so popular that, in 1897, the Egyptian government requested their seeds. While those lily pools are now gone, the pipes that heated them are still used to heat the Conservatory, including palm, fern, orchid, and show houses. The Lincoln Park Conservancy, a partner of the Chicago Park District, is a non-profit organization at the forefront of historic conservation, ecological restoration, park programming and management.

Archived In

2018 , 2019