San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Built in the 1880’s completely out of wood, the historic Conservatory of Flowers building had become a famous San Francisco landmark near the Golden Gate Bridge. The Conservatory’s fragile primary structure had been repaired and patched on numerous occasions in the past, but following the latest earthquake, the City deemed the structure unsafe for use, not only because of the movement from the quake, but 120 years of humidity in the building had caused extensive wood rot to the interior framework.

Working closely with the restoration team, all of the exterior wood was removed and labeled. Kloppenberg fabricated an entire new stainless steel structure for the interior, and all of the wooden exterior was reattached to the new corrosion proof skeleton.