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The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Conservatory is featured in an exhibition of the top 100 structures at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond. After a survey, which garnered nearly 30,000 votes, the Conservatory was named #35 on the list of Virginia’s Favorite Architecture.

The Garden Conservatory is the jewel in the campus of buildings and gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The steel and glass building is comprised of a 62 foot high central glass dome house with an entry portico and two glazed wing houses. The exhibition area of approximately 7,800 square feet is divided into three climate zones. A large covered terrace overlooking the lake and gardens below is used for entertaining. Glavé & Holmes Architecture collaborated with Rough Brothers, conservatory systems designers, Rodney Robinson Landscape Architect, and structural and mechanical engineers experienced in the design of glass houses.

An exhibition titled Virginia’s Favorite Architecture opens on Thursday, April 10 at the Virginia Center for Architecture and highlights each of the 100 structures identified as Virginia’s most beloved pieces of architecture. The exhibition runs through Oct. 19.