Do you see it? The ogee arch? The S shaped curves in the background of the photo? Beautiful, isn't it! Ogee arches can be found throughout the conservatory. The grand ogee arch topping the Palm Court was destroyed by a windstorm in 1937. It wasn't until 2018, in celebration of Phipps 125th anniversary, that the Palm Court's glass roof was restored to its former glory, and the original ogee arch recreated!
You can see the arch at the very top of the glass ceiling in the Palm Court. If you look closely you can see a line of Fleur-de-lis topping the arch. Underneath, through the glass panes, the tropical forest is visible. Oh, how I loved exploring the great jungle at Phipps. I was sure that Tarzan, Jane, and Cheeta were hiding somewhere in the treetops. I half- expected Tarzan to swing down on a vine and swoop me up at any minute...
Stay tuned for more stories about Phipps and the latest on my upcoming book, Mr. Phipps And His Amazing Glass House.
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Susan Beth Furst is a poet, author, painter, and photographer. She loves to write haiku and she Loves to tell people about Jesus.