W.W. Seymour Conservatory

316 South G St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

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(253) 305-1054

Project Manager: Kristi Evans

In 2005, a long-term plan to secure Wright Park’s status as one of the Puget Sound region’s signature parks was agreed upon.

Latest Updates

March 21, 2019

New restrooms come to the conservatory They’re open to the public, paid for by the 2014 capital improvement bond and built for accessibility. The restrooms are part of what’s hoped to be a long list of improvements to the Victorian-style conservatory in Wright Park. On the menu for the future are things such as structural renovations and bringing back the historic facades. Work could begin sometime after summer 2019, when Metro Parks will learn whether it’s won a grant to support the next phase.

2005 - Master Plan

This plan for Wright Park is the first comprehensive master plan for the park since its original design in the late 1800’s.

2015- Public Process and Community Input

In late 2015, Metro Parks unveiled initial schematic design options to restore and expand the conservatory. The public process included about 300 surveys and numerous comments during public meetings and presentations.

2016 - Final Design

After extensive community input, final schematic drawings were unveiled July 21, 2016. Metro Parks has funding for rehabilitation, although further funding will have to be identified for the full designs to be completed. See the possible phasing in the drawings below.

2019 - New Restrooms

A restroom facility has been constructed at ground level, and attached to the west side of the Conservatory’s north wing. It has been built to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards for access.

More to Come

Plans are in the works for a phased expansion of the building, which over time will add more exhibit space, a new entry lobby and additional improvements.
  • Wright Park Master Plan
  • New Conservatory Restrooms
  • Building Improvements

Metro Parks, the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission and the community worked together to create a master plan that will secure Wright Park’s status as one of the Puget Sound region’s signature parks. This plan for Wright Park is the first comprehensive master plan for the park since its original design in the late 1800’s.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory was a top priority.

After more than a century of use, the Victorian-style structure needs system and structural upgrades and additional space for botanical displays and interpretation.

View the 2005 Master Plan (pdf)

Completed March 2019

The restrooms are open to the public, paid for by the 2014 capital improvement bond and built for accessibility.

View restroom schematics (pdf)

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In late 2015, Metro Parks unveiled initial schematic design options to restore and expand the conservatory. The public process included about 300 surveys and numerous comments during public meetings and presentations.

Final Design

After extensive community input, final schematic drawings were unveiled July 21, 2016. Metro Parks has funding for rehabilitation, although further funding will have to be identified for the full designs to be completed. See the possible phasing in the drawings below.

View the final designs (pdf)

The Scope of Work Includes:

Structural: Upgrade to “life safety’ performance level

  • Weld double angles to existing plate columns at grids 6,8
  • Stiffen primary steel framing at wings
  • Horizontal steel tension x bracing at wing roofs
  • Vertical steel tension x bracing at wing walls
  • Reinforce welds at existing rotunda tension bracing
  • Repair/replace steel beam in basement mechanical room
  • Repair crack in basement concrete wall
  • Repair exposed reinforcing steel in slab above mechanical room

Access: Upgrade site and building accessibility components

  • Provide accessible bathrooms, improve accessible route to building

Program: Restore original use of space

  • Remove gift shop/office from south wing, restore to plant display

Systems: Upgrade/replace existing building systems

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Lighting replacement

Envelope: Periodic maintenance of envelope components

  • Wood: repair, paint
  • Steel: repair corroded members, paint
  • Glazing: repair damaged panels, clean, reseal
  • Foundation: remove plantings directly adjacent to building, regrade for positive drainage
  • Gutters: restore at eaves of wings, connect to storm
  • Vents: restore in concrete stem wall. Add dampers to control air flow