|Street view of Sunnyside Conservatory present day.|
|Sunnyside Conservatory in 1919. This photo was derived from a glass negative found in the attic of Merralls’s home.|
Since a conservatory is a building used to “conserve” exotic and rare plants and fruits during the winter, I was surprised to find that there are no such items inside the Sunnyside Conservatory building present day...just a bare floor now so that special events can be held there from time to time. But apparently it did serve it's original purpose once.
|Image Credit: Date taken is unknown but comes from a book published in 1968 entitled "Here Today"|
(San Francisco Architectural Heritage by the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc.)
|Sign on entry gate noting historical significance.|
|Palm Tree Grove at Sunnyside Conservatory. The Chilean Wine Palm trunk is visible on the far right of the above photo.|
|The branches of a towering Norfolk Island Pine.|
Sunnyside Conservatory also has a back entrance off Joost Avenue and pedestrians can walk through to Monterey Boulevard if they wish.
I'm sure there are some good times to be had if you can make it to one of the special and often free (donation suggested) events (activities such as weddings, pumpkin carving, concerts and wreath making have taken place there in the past)...likely to be the next time I'll visit again!
|Front entrance to Sunnyside Conservatory.|