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Beginning in 2015

Balboa Park’s centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition will draw attention to one of the Park’s most historic and iconic buildings. The time is right to restore and repair the building’s structure, enhance the visitor experience, and incorporate environmentally sustainable measures to ensure the enjoyment of the Botanical Building for generations to come.

The Botanical Building Restoration and Enhancement Project supported by the Balboa Park Conservancy will accomplish the following:

  • Recreate the historic arcades on either side of the entrance
  • Illuminate both the interior and exterior by installing energy-efficient, thematic color lighting
  • Implement water and energy saving measures to promote environmental sustainability
  • Install a state-of-the-art irrigation system
  • Enhance the botanical collection
  • Repair and enhance the building structure and architectural elements (wood lath, cupola, plaster/concrete, and wood and steel beams)