The Palm House...
... In Sefton ParkSefton Park Palm House is a Grade II* listed Victorian palm house
situated in leafy glades of Sefton Park, 2 miles from Liverpool City
Centre. Originally opened in 1896, it measures 25m high on a base of red granite from the Isle of Mull. There are 3,710 flat panes of glass, all individually cut.
In 1939 the glass was painted in camouflage colours to avoid the reflection of moonlight guiding enemy bombers. However, in 1941 a nearby bomb shattered the glass, but left the main structure intact. It was re glazed and opened again in the 1950s.
In the1980s a lack of repairs meant it was closed, left to rot and threatened with demolition. However local residents took the lead and it was eventually partially re-opened in 1993 and fully opened in with The People of Liverpool paid for most of this restoration by sponsoring each pane of glass for £1.00 each and a Heritage Lottery Grant helped as well.
To ensure the restoration was successful and the building be sustainable the renovators dismantled and numbered the cast iron structure piece by piece. These were blastcleaned and given five coats of protective paint. Only the main eight support beams remained in situ. After returning the iron sections, the glass was then replaced and the Palm House repopulated with a wide range of plants and trees. Eight external marble and bronze statues by French sculptor Chavalliaud represent world explorers and botanists are arranged, one at each of the eigth corners of the building.
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