Preserving the Past with an Eye to the Future:
A green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens produces breathtaking seasonal flower shows and supports stunning outdoor botanical gardens, which are open to the public year-round. The Phipps strives to connect people to nature’s beauty, nurture an appreciation for the diversity of life, and instill a responsibility to preserve it. Even as it transforms this remarkable Pittsburgh icon—adding state-of-the-art exhibit, education, and visitor spaces—with an eye toward the future, the Phipps understands the need to burnish the 125-year- old historic jewel, the Glasshouse.
A $5 million grant from the Foundation—in support of the Phipps’ $41.5-million capital campaign—will fund improvements to the Victorian-era Glasshouse, making it safer and more energy efficient. When completed, it will serve as an international model of modern green construction and energy technologies that also meets standards for historic restoration. The Foundation funding also will create a Living Campus at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.