More pictures from our trip to the United Kingdom. The gallery is coming, I promise, but in the meantime I’ll keep posting some of the thousands of photos I took while across the pond.
The Kibble palace is located in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. It was originally built at the house of engineer John Kibble in the 1860’s, then dismantled, shipped up the River Clyde by barge, and reassembled (and enlarged by increasing the diameter of the main section) in 1873. It was originally intended to be a concert hall and exhibition venue for important events, but was turned over to its current role as a greenhouse in 1881.
It is built of wrought iron and glass supported by beams of cast iron. Much of the iron-work is incredibly detailed and beautiful.
These pictures do the building no justice. It is an enormous greenhouse, and the glass dome is awe-inspiring. The whole structure is beautiful from every angle.
It’s unfortunate that Canadian governments doesn’t seem interested in supporting the development or maintenance of buildings such as The Kibble Palace.