Who Knew? Climatron Was Constructed Around MOBot's Existing Palm Trees

Categories: History

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The Palm House comes down to make way for the Climatron.
As author Todd E. Styles explains in the book, the Climatron was built to replace the aging Palm House that, beginning in 1913, housed the garden's tropical plants. Construction of the Climatron got underway in 1959 with the dismantling of the Palm House. The hope was that MOBot could then build the Climatron quickly enough in the Palm House's footprint to salvage the trees before the first frost of winter. It didn't happen.

The Climatron, with new palm trees, opened in October 1960 and quickly became the garden's biggest draw. So there you have it. Now go impress your friends with this amazing factoid!

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Foreman Albert Daufenbeck (left) and architect Eugene Mackey discuss construction of the Missouri Botanical Garden's Climatron in 1959.
Photos reprinted with permission from Missouri Botanical Garden, by Todd E. Styles. Order your copy online at or by calling 888-313-2665.

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