Zeidler helping revitalize the iconic Palm House at Allan GardensMarch 29, 2022
Zeidler Architecture, in collaboration with AREA Architects and RJC engineers, are working with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry, and Recreation department to restore the emblematic Palm House at Toronto’s Allan Gardens.
The Palm House, with its recognizable Edwardian silhouette, has been sheltering flora for over 100 years, first opening its doors in 1910. Designed by Robert McCallum, the structure is defined by an imposing 16-sided dome, with a curved truss system supporting the glass panels. A popular destination for a quiet, green escape in the centre of the city, the century-old building is in need of repair to make it more resilient in the future.
To ensure that the building remains a beacon of green for generations to come, the Palm House’s refurbishment, led by Zeidler, is extensive. It includes the replacement of the glass cladding, modernization of the ventilation and air quality systems, and barrier free entrances. This is on top of much needed restoration work led by Architects Rasch Eckler Associates (AREA), who previously prepared the Heritage Impact Assessment for the site. These renovations will improve the occupant experience for people and plants alike, maintain the architectural integrity of the structure, and help the city operate the facility.
The restoration is part of a larger reimagination and revitalization of the park, led by the Friends of Allan Gardens and the City of Toronto — the former playing an important role in ensuring the stewardship of the park reflects strong civic values. We’re thrilled to be part of the team that will make sure the gardens are a source of serenity well into the future!
The conservatory’s greenhouses will remain open during the renovation, with the Palm House’s plant collection temporarily moved offsite. See the City of Toronto’s website to keep up to date with changes to park and conservatory access.