Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration

The Park District was selected to receive a $1.84 million state grant to restore the conservatory and two greenhouses in Wilder Park. The 88 year old Wilder Park Conservatory was the Park District’s first capital project and was due for a facelift. The conservatory received new vestibule doors and frames, new interior walkways that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, updated heating, an automated venting system, and upgrading plumbing and electrical systems to provide energy efficient climate control.

Construction began in June 2013. The conservatory’s structural steel was cleaned, repaired and repainted to its original beauty. The historic koi pond, waterfall and original rock sculpture that had delighted visitors for decades were carefully restored, allowing flowing water to once again run into the pond. Concrete pathways were hand-tooled to recreate the original decorative floor pattern, antique bronze light fixtures were selected and windows and doors were custom-made to maintain historical character.

Hundreds of residents attended a public ceremony and dedication in April 2014. The conservatory holds a long history with Elmhurst, from its early days as a private greenhouse, its early employ as the District’s first capital project and its current use as an educational resource, a growing space and a beautiful location to spend the day. A piece of Elmhurst’s history has been brought back to life and should have a spot in Elmhurst’s history for decades to come.   

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project Updates

Wilder Park Butterfly Garden Pretty Butterfly
1 year 10 months ago

Visitors to Wilder Park Conservatory can now look forward to a recently planted butterfly garden, located near the south wall of the greenhouse. The garden is one of the last pieces of the Conservatory’s restoration project to come into place, although it already looks as natural to the setting as the redwoods which nestle this serene alcove.

2 years 5 months ago

The IPRA ( Illinois Park & Recreation Association)  awards agencies for outstanding and unique achevements in the design and development of a renovated facility.

3 years 3 weeks ago

After a long winter, staff is excited to finish the last leg of the Wilder Park Conservatory Project - the landscaping.  One of the basic principles of landscape architecture is for the landscape to accentuate th

3 years 1 month ago

Spring has arrived early at the Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse.  Inside it is a comfortable 80 degrees and the springlike scent of soil and plants lingers.  It's hard to believe that just on the o

PARC Funding Received for Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project
3 years 2 months ago

The fully restored Wilder Park Conservatory and beautiful new greenhouse, scheduled to open to the public on April 12, 2014, were partially funded thanks to a Park & Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) g

3 years 3 months ago

The Propagating House is going green, as plants have been moved back into the facility from their temporary homes throughout the District.  Meanwhile, carpenters are installing the wood windows and doors in the C

3 years 4 months ago

As the project winds down the scope of the work on the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project has shifted from large-scale items to detail work.  Electricians are programming the building’s a

3 years 5 months ago

Construction crews are in the final stages of the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project.  The most noticeable progress is that nearly all the glass panels are up in the Conservatory, Greenho

3 years 5 months ago

The past two weeks have been filled with activity at the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse. New light fixtures featuring an antique bronze finish that fits the time period of the Conservatory‘s original construction were installed in the Greenhouse.

3 years 5 months ago

A new sidewalk has been installed along the north end of the Conservatory that connects to the link. The link is a new structure that connects the Conservatory and Greenhouse.

3 years 6 months ago

Work on the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project continues with a shift from larger structural jobs to smaller more detail-oriented tasks.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - What’s Up?
3 years 7 months ago

What’s up in Wilder Park? The Greenhouse! In a matter of days construction crews framed-out the Greenhouse, installing the trusses and support posts and beams. The Greenhouse’s full size and shape is now evident as the structure has risen from its concrete foundation. As the Greenhouse goes up, the floor in the Conservatory goes down.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - The Main Event
3 years 8 months ago

Over the past two weeks the construction crews completed the connection to the City’s water main. The new piping runs from the Greenhouse boiler room south to the Church Street parkway. In order to make the connection a portion of the gardens had to be removed.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - Conservatory Project Powers Up
3 years 8 months ago

The Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project is boring… Directional boring! This is a system of installing pipe or conduit that is less impactful on the surrounding area because it does not require excavating and trenching.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - Making the Connection
3 years 9 months ago

The Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project keeps moving forward. The foundation for the link between the Greenhouse and Conservatory has been completed connecting the two facilities.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - Behind the Scenes
3 years 9 months ago

The Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project continues; the frames for the foundations have been removed and construction crews have begun to backfill the spaces surrounding the foundations.

3 years 10 months ago

The Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project is starting to take shape-literally. The framings for the foundations of the Greenhouse and Propagating House were completed and the new foundations were poured.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - Demolition Continues
3 years 10 months ago

The Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration Project continues to progress. The panes of glass lining the Conservatory structure have been completely removed, leaving behind the bare frame. The boiler room has also been cleared out, paving the way for new, efficient HVAC systems.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - Demolition Begins
3 years 10 months ago

Residents passing through Wilder Park will notice a lot of activity surrounding the conservatory. The construction crews have prepared the work site by removing the retaining walls in front of the conservatory and building a temporary access road from the driveway along the north side of the conservatory.

Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse Restoration - Where Did The Plants Go?
3 years 11 months ago

With construction starting soon, everything must be cleared out of the Wilder Park Conservatory. The District is trying to save as much as possible of the conservatory plant collection.

3 years 11 months ago

The Conservatory is now closed in preparation for the start of construction that will begin on June 3 with an anticipated reopening in February 2014.