Garfield Park Conservatory | Historic Fern Room & Desert House

Chicago, Illinois

The Garfield Park Conservatory, built in 1907, is one of the largest conservatories in the U.S featuring six glassed-in greenhouses and two exhibition halls, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. RRJ conducted water penetration testing to determine the cause of leakage problems associated with the greenhouses' sloped glazing system replacement design.  The sloped glazing system enclosing the historic Fern Room and Desert House greenhouses consists of a glazing material that was being replaced with new glass and copper glazing components. RRJ recommended remedial approaches to the replacement system design, resulting from the on-site testing and visual examination of the glazing repairs.