Friday, October 14, 2011

The newly restored Pearson Conservatory

The 150 year old St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth has so many different attractions, but one of its most historic and showcase attractions must be the Pearson Conservatory.  This Victorian Conservatory was completed and opened on 12 September 1882 at a cost of £3,800 and was named after Mr HW Pearson, the Mayor of Port Elizabeth at that time.  Over the years the building had been fixed up several times and at one stage during the 1970's the city even considered demolishing it.  Luckily the municipality then decided not to do it.  A couple of years ago the decision was made to give the Conservatory a major upgrade and refurbishment and after extensive work was reopened again in September.  The place is looking stunning and walking through it the other day all the memories of exploring the place as a kid came rushing back.  Its really something the city's citizens can be very proud of and is well worth a visit along with the other attractions around St George's Park.

4 comments:

  1. That is such an awesome building. So glad it was restored. Brings back childhood memories for me too visiting a conservatory in Chicago. Hope you'll share more photos.

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  2. Fantastic... I regret not being able to see it since it's been put back to it's former glory!
    You enjoy it for me please... I'm homesick again! ;-)

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  3. PS: The blue sky in the latest photo's is really driving us mad... compare them to the lovely grey skies we see soooo often over here!

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  4. It does look magnificent. Great to see attention being lavished on such a gorgeous old lady!Can we look forward to some interior shots?

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