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.
Rockford Public Library
The main branch of the Rockford Public Library has been located along the banks of the Rock River since 1902. Prior to the library’s construction the property was used as a gasification site. In order to remediate the site, the existing 88,000 SF structure needed to be removed, which entailed an extensive analysis of current and future needs as well as possible temporary and new locations for the main library.