Renovated County Conservatory Reopens
written by Thomas Adams and published in the Rochester Business Journal
Friday, April 03, 2009
The $900,000 reconstruction of Monroe County’s Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park was unveiled Friday, with the officially re-opening of its glass dome.
“After nearly a century of delighting Monroe County’s residents and visitors with stunning horticultural displays, the historic glass dome of the Lamberton Conservatory was really showing its age,” County Executive Maggie Brooks said in a statement.
“(The) reconstruction is a testament to Monroe County’s dedication to our history and our continued commitment to our community’s wonderful quality of life.”
The 10-month reconstruction of the 98-year-old landmark was paid for with $700,000 from the county’s capital improvement program and a $200,000 grant from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Barkstrom & LaCroix Architects was the project architect. Christa Construction LLC was the general contractor.
The reconstructed glass dome contains some 1,800 square feet of floor area and is nearly 25 feet tall. Nearly 1,000 individual panes of modern safety glass replace the original single-pane glass.
In late January 2009 an awards ceremony was held and this project received the "2008 Historic Preservation/Restoration Public Works Project of the Year Award for projects under $2 million. This is a very prestigious national award, given by the American Public Works Association (APWA).