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Botanical Building - Balboa Park San Diego

A change from all the hard core museum going in Balboa park. Botanical building provides a breath of fresh air :)

Botanical Building was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. Located on the Prado, west of the Museum of Art, it contains about 2,100 permanent tropical plants along with changing seasonal flowers.

While some people does not like the design of this building. I actually love it. In some way, I believe it is better looking than what we have in SF.

Botanical Building provides a step back in time as you stroll past a lovely water garden called the Lily Pond. Lined with cement walkways, the Lily Pond is one of the most photographed gardens in all of Balboa Park.

Over 90 years after it opened in San Diego's Balboa Park, Botanical Building has persisted despite criticism, disrepair and even transformation during two world wars as a military training facility.

Passionate about one of San Diego's most popular attractions, artists laud the building and its reflecting pools as the most beautiful subject in the entire city to paint, and tourists (millions of them) from around the globe, pop out their cameras to take a picture of the Lath Palace, as it was once known.


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