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Improvements coming to your Conservatory

January 8, 2016

Have you visited the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory lately?

In 2005, Metro Parks, the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission and the community agreed on a long-term plan for Wright Park’s future.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory was a top priority. Even in 2005, the historic treasure was showing its age and short of space.

Recommended renovations include repair and painting of wood sash elements; repair and painting of the steel structure; glazing repairs and exterior landscape maintenance along with longer-term work that includes restoration of the decorative wood facades at each of the entries.

Additions would address the critical need for more space for horticultural workshops and other classes along with public restrooms, while honoring and preserving the historic character of the original 1908 building. The work would be done in phases, not all at once.

Now we need your help.

To help visualize improvements to the Conservatory, Metro Parks planners have worked with a consultant, SHKS Architects, to create four schematic designs that district residents can evaluate.

Schematic designs show general ideas and scale, not final details. The final design might be a modified version of one of these proposals, a combination of designs, or something different. We need your input before moving ahead.

Please visit this month to look at options and give us feedback.

We’ll also have a public meeting at 6 p.m. January 21 at Metro Parks headquarters: 4702 S. 19th St. If you have questions or comments about the project, feel free to call project manager Kristi Evans at (253) 305-1054.