Tacoma Conservatory

I decided to check out the Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma today.  I had it on my list as a possible venue for Tacoma Sketchers.  I found it rather small.  I’d guess it’s about half the size of the one in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

It is a Victorian building, opened in 1908.

Inside the tropical wing.  It was nice and warm.  A sculpture hides amid the riot of plants.

There was a small koi pond with this impressively large white koi

I also looked into the  Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.  (Oy, the website uses frames…. how 1990’s!  I hated frames even then).

I discovered it while using Google maps to look at the area around the Conservatory.  The building is interesting.  It is one of thirteen in this system of library-museums.  The manuscript collection rotates among them.  I was not very impressed.  I wasn’t very interested in their current exhibit.  I did not think the papers were displayed well either.  And the heat in the building was “broken” so it was quite chilly, with a smell of damp.  I might be interested in returning to sketch the exterior.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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