Crowds flocked to the Jewel Box dedicated in 1936 to experience its magnificent Art Deco design. The unique construction of cantilevered glass supported by arched steel beams proved to be a groundbreaking technical achievement. In 1938, a hailstorm broke 1000 panes of glass in Forest Park’s greenhouses but not one in the Jewel Box.
Although most commonly referred to as the Jewel Box, this Forest Park greenhouse is more formally known as the St. Louis Floral Conservatory or the City of St. Louis Floral Display House.
It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Copyright 2018 Susan Rissi Tregoning
August 6th, 2018
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