Monday, April 30, 2012
Forest Park Greenhouse reconstructed
From the Daily News
The historic Forest Park Greenhouse, which grows plants and flowers that liven up concrete stretches in Queens and Brooklyn, is moving beyond its early 20th century roots.
A section of the greenhouse has just undergone a $3.8 million reconstruction that will increase its capacity and make it more environmentally-friendly.
The first stage of the renovation focused on two of the houses that were built in 1905 and designed by greenhouse experts of the time, Lord and Burnham.
“In those days it was a state-of-the-art facility and we lived with that system for over 100 years,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “It was a really old system, all with hand-operated window cranks and it was difficult to regulate the temperature.”
Those buildings were replaced with new structures boasting a computerized system that controls the heating and automatic window shades.