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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

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1900–1904, Albert Kahn of Nettleton and Kahn and Mason and Kahn; 1952–1954 repaired; 2006 restored. 7000 Inselruhe Ave.

With its huge central glass dome and symmetrical glazed wings, the conservatory is an almost unbelievable replication of its predecessor from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. The original elaborate cast-iron cresting disappeared in a later remodeling, but the conservatory still houses a large botanical collection of plants from the world over. With the formal perennial gardens, rose garden, and lily pond garden, it occupies a thirteen-acre parcel. In 2006 the Save America's Treasures program awarded the Detroit Recreation Department a matching grant to restore and clean the glass, replace the heating system, and repair the foundation.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-WN121.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 111-111.

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