Return of the Ogee: Phipps Restores Historic Glass Architecture

photos by paul g. wiegman 

When Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Schenley Park opened to the community in 1893, it consisted of nine display rooms featuring exotic plants from around the world — and grand glass architecture.The Palm Court, a Victorian-inspired room filled to the brim with various species of palm trees was — and still is — the first room visitors see. Until 1937, the Palm Court’s ceiling was a high, curved glass peak called an ogee, but major storms...

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