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.

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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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