Westmount Conservatory

An answer and a follow up to the most recent Preservation Pop Quiz

In the Westmount neighborhood of Montreal, this 1927 conservatory (also called a Victorian greenhouse) sits adjacent to the Westmount Public Library. It’s open year-round to the public and is filled with plants, flowers, and water fountains.

The view inside the conservatory.

The view inside the conservatory. 

Looking up at the ceiling on a rainy day. Imagine the warm sunshine beaming through those panes!

Looking up at the ceiling on a rainy day. Imagine the warm sunshine beaming through those panes!

Pink flowers!

Pink flowers and tiled floors.

The still-operational ventilators inside the greenhouse. The wheel and shaft open the windows.

The still-operational ventilators inside the greenhouse. The wheel and shaft open the windows.

The conservatory is adjacent to the Westmount Public Library.

The conservatory is adjacent to the Westmount Public Library.

Any greenhouses by you? I’m not a plant expert, but the sight of flowers and historic buildings is enough to draw me in for a stroll through a conservatory.

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8 thoughts on “Westmount Conservatory

  1. jlhilleary says:

    Kaitlin- What a spectacular place! Thank you so much for sharing this. I love the pink flowers shot- that looks like Bougainvillea, a semi- tropical plant that gets to be roof high in the south and absolutely stunning on California’s old Spanish missions. To see this in Montreal of all places is a true testament to the Victorian ingenuity! Well done!

      • jlhilleary says:

        I certainly appreciate seeing the results of the embrace. ;). We have the National Arboretum here in Washington DC but the Victorian’s had the more aesthetically pleasing idea!

  2. milesdontmatter says:

    this looks like such a magical place. It reminds me of a conservatory that I used to visit as a kid. My sisters and I would run around and pretend that we were fairies. This post brought back some great memories!

  3. Jen says:

    There’s a special place in my heart for conservatories, and this looks like yet another wonderful one! Thanks for the tour!

  4. vk says:

    Reblogged this on knitcident and commented:
    Could there be a more perfect place to read a Jane Austen novel while sipping tea? The light, the warm air and all the colors surrounding you. Lovely! P.S. And a great blog ~ I’m volunteering with a local preservation organization and always looking to find more about arts, cultures, history, architecture (among other things 😊)

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