The conservatory provides an 11,000 square foot exhibition of beautiful tropical trees, plants, and flowers. It has become a community gathering site for live music, weddings, special events, and meetings offering an intimate connection to the flora within and the riverfront at its banks. A gift to the community via the Nicholas family, the conservatory and its grounds has hours worth of exploration opportunities for families.
The historic Keefer Hotel was a social center for Hillsdale and many public and private functions were held there after its construction in 1864. Several well-known guests graced the halls of the hotel including Annie Oakley, John Ringling, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. To date, the building serves as one of the most historically intact buildings Studio GWA has had the pleasure to work on.