The Palm House building is closed during construction. The Conservatory is open to the public but the indoor public washrooms are closed. Portable washrooms are available in the parking lot area, near the playground. Two of the portable washrooms (one is accessible) are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The City is restoring the historic Palm House building at Allan Gardens Conservatory. The improvements will include window glazing, glass cladding replacement and functional modernization of the ventilation and air quality systems and controls. The current Palm House opened in 1910 following a fire that destroyed the previous pavilion. This vital work will preserve and improve an iconic Toronto building for future generations to enjoy.

  • August 2022: Hire a construction team
  • October 2022: Construction starts
  • May 2024: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

January 2023

Construction Update (interior building)

Preparation work in the interior of the Palm House building for the new concrete floor is ongoing. The concrete floor will be installed the first week of February.

A photograph of the interior of the Palm House building taken from above that shows a large steel bar grid along the floor in preparation for concrete pouring. The photograph shows a majority of the building, including the glass walls and domed roof.

A photograph of the interior of the Palm House building taken from ground-level that shows a steel bar grid along the floor in preparation for concrete pouring.

Construction Update (exterior building)

The steel scaffolding structure is installed. The scaffolding framework platform will be enveloped in fire retardant fabric by the end of January. The staff parking lot at the west side of the Palm House has re-opened.

A photograph of the steel scaffolding structure at Allan Gardens Palm House which shows a tall framework structure with platforms and steel beams.

December 2022

Scaffolding Installation

Due to winter weather, the scaffolding framework installation has been postponed and will now be completed on January 9 and January 10, 2023. The staff parking lot at the west side of the Palm House will be closed during this time to accommodate the crane and large materials like beams and plywood.

October 2022

Construction Started

On October 21, 2022, construction for the Palm House building restoration started. The building is closed to the public during construction. The Conservatory is open to the public (the indoor public washrooms are closed) but is not available for wedding or photography permits, or bookings of any kind until construction is completed in spring 2024.

The construction contractors have installed fencing and hoarding (a fence or barrier between the construction site and the public) at the entrance of the Palm House building and at a section of the paved path connected to the entrance to ensure public safety.

August 2022

Construction Team Hired

On August 31, 2022, the construction contract for the project was awarded.