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Can an unfinished construction site be merchandised to inspire the buyer with its possibilities?
This unfinished 16,800 Sq. Ft. Grosse Ile, MI Manor with a spectacular Tanglewood Conservatory listed for $29M
This expansive 16,800 square foot Manor Home sitting just across the street from the Detroit River in Gross Ile, Michigan has hit the real estate market priced at $29,000,000. According to Sotheby’s International Realty, “one of the home’s most intriguing spaces is the 300 foot cast iron and glass Tanglewood Conservatory which comes prepped for a pool and cascading waterfall”.
The home has been sitting unfinished awaiting the right buyer to complete its old world grandeur. Among it many features are a five car garage, 8 bedrooms, 9 fireplaces, 8 bathrooms, 9 bathrooms, and marble and limestone details throughout the home. The Tanglewood Conservatory features numerous stained glass windows designed by architect M. Selman, beautiful steel and cast iron and custom copper work throughout.
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A Message from Rawlings Conservatory:
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore is 130 years old this year and it will celebrate its birthday in style this December. Built in 1888, the Conservatory is the second oldest glass house in the United States.
To celebrate, the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory are hosting
“A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace”
Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 PM
The party will be set amid hundreds of flowers in the annual holiday poinsettia show, with a spectacular variety of poinsettias of all colors. The event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.
The party begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person, available through the Conservatory’s website.
The Conservatory’s annual Holiday Poinsettia Show runs Dec. 1 to 30. Poinsettias, including many unusual varieties and colors, will be for sale throughout the show. No longer is red the main attraction, we have orange, pink with splashes of white, and variegated as well. The gift shop is also well-stocked with books, cards, and house plants.
Visit with Santa! On Dec. 2, visitors can meet Santa from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The conservatory will host an Orchid Show with the Maryland Orchid Society, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday, January 11 – 13. Admission is free, $5 donation appreciated.
The orchid – the largest and most diverse flowering plant family on earth, loved for its unmatched exotic beauty – will be in the spotlight. The Conservatory, in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society (MOS) is hosting the show exhibiting MOS members’ prize-winning plants. Meet with the Conservatory’s Orchid Specialist Friday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information about events, the conservatory, and more visit
Posted October 31st, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Have you witnessed the magnificent new Temperate House at Kew?
If not, this is a must see world wonder. It is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world at twice the size of its more famous sister, the great Palmhouse at Kew. Designed by Decimus Burton, who also designed the Palm House, construction began in 1860 and soon after opened to the public in 1863.
It houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world, and an internationally important collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened.
“The conservatories at Kew Gardens are an essential and fascinating chapter in the story of conservatories throughout the world.”
We visited the newly renovated conservatory shortly after completion of its five year, £41m restoration and met with Richard Barley, MCIHort, FLS, Director of Horticulture, Learning & Operations at Kew.
Our mission – to photographically capture what makes this 155 year old Grand Dame so uniquefor our upcoming book published by Princeton Architectural Press “Conservatories of the Nineteenth Century and Beyond”.
Why? – To provide inspiration for conservatory designers and enthusiasts around the world.
Next… What truly makes this 155 year old Grand Dame so unique?
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Imagine… changing the lives of students, teachers, business leaders and an entire community…
Students of the Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) program dream of becoming a Master Craftsperson. One student’s passion for working with his hands led to a summer internship at Tanglewood.
Throughout his internship, he experienced woodworking, metalwork, handling glass, painting, construction, and CNC machining, while helping craft Tanglewood’s luxury conservatories.
“He is a wonderful asset to our team. He has a great outlook and attitude. The students in the AMP program learn what we call “Discovery Development”; how to take ownership, think like a business owner and be coachable. We are excited and look forward to having him back in the Spring.”
Alan Stein, Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture
A Program of Opportunity
Working alongside and learning from local industry professionals, students are currently designing and constructing a Cajon while preparing to take their Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification; a nationally recognized industry program for advanced manufacturing professionals. The Cajón is the most popular and widely used Afro-Peruvian musical instrument for the last 200 years and is now used not only in Cuban and Peruvian music but by folk musicians, Flamenco musicians, acoustic groups, street musicians (buskers) and increasingly, professional mainstream artists. Students went all out on this project! The intricate detailing of this Cajon will test their skills.
By the end of the semester, students will pursue internships with local businesses specialized in the trades.
To follow the AMP students’ progress, subscribe to their newsletter HERE.
AMP is just one of the many ways Tanglewood is giving back to our community and passing on our skills to the next generation. The program’s advanced approach to project-based learning fused with personal development is preparing students well in advance to walk into well-paying jobs and good benefits right out of high school.
To support our youth in discovering their life vision and passions through advanced manufacturing and woodworking, donate here.
Tanglewood, Untangled Minds, and the AMP program are proud partners with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Caroline County Public Schools, and several industry partners across Maryland’s Eastern Shore
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Success… doesn’t come easy.
You know from experience attracting the right clientele can be difficult. Plus, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day to day operations of your business. The best way to break through this common barrier is learning from others’ experiences, success, and failures to think creatively about moving prospects faster!
That is why Tanglewood Conservatories in partnership with the Untangled Minds Foundation is currently developing an AIA Continuing Education Course to help architects do just that.
This course will be designed to bring architects and other professionals together to assist one another in evaluating their current processes and ways of working with clients from three key perspectives: People, Business, and Life. Whether communicating to clients the value you bring to a project or getting others to make decisions in a timely manner, this course is designed to tap into your current systems and develop it into a well-oiled machine generating MORE QUALIFIED LEADS and INCREASING REVENUEwithout working more hours!
Are you ready for MORE success?
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All proceeds donated to the Untangled Minds Foundation; a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to empowering minds through educating them about the importance of leadership and entrepreneurial skill opportunities that lie beyond traditional mediums.
“I myself worked construction most of my life and even had my own business. I started working here in the fall five years ago thinking maybe just hang in here for the winter BUT I found working on these projects with these guys was so fulfilling that I’ve made a career out of it. So if you have a little bit of common sense, some tools, and a sense of adventure, give us a try. You may be like me and stay for a while!”
– Rusty, Tanglewood Team Member
Will you share Rusty’s message with craftsmen you know looking for a REWARDING career?
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Is it a trend… or a lifestyle…?
According to Mansion Magazine,
“Home designers are turning to a time-honored transparent transition: the conservatory… these spectacular bespoke glass houses were symbols of wealth from the 17th through the 19th centuries, [and have] become an integral architectural element in luxurious homes and high-rises around the globe”.
Nancy Ruhling, writer for Mansion Magazine, recently interviewed Tanglewood President, Alan Stein, to understand why people are incorporating these unique structures into the design of their homes. Why?
When he and his wife, Nancy Virts, founded Tanglewood Conservatories over 25 years ago, they discovered this growing trend for the fascination of conservatories and greenhouses and our client’s desire to live in them. In their 25 years, the major shift they have seen is in their use; from traditional living spaces attached to the home to a more exotic space not only for living but for growing plants. Conservatories have become a part of their everyday lives, creating memories and living out their passions daily.
According to Alan,
“Today, greenhouses are much more popular at the high end of the market than they were 15 to 20 years ago.”
As the conservatory lifestyle grows, designers, architects, and owners are incorporating these glass room as key design features when remodeling or designing new homes.
“They add a magical sense—the light coming in from above allows you to see the room in a significantly different way… every element is exposed, it’s a piece of art, not just another room. And that is exactly why people are falling in love with the conservatory.”
So how are owners around the globe using these rooms?
Posted April 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Spring at the Rawlings Conservatory
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park comes to life in the spring, both inside and out with a flower show and new plantings.
“Catch a Rainbow,” the spring flower show is open now through April 8. Featuring hundreds of blooming bulbs, the show presents a kaleidoscope of color and texture in the greenhouses of the Conservatory. It might still be cool outdoors, but inside, it is definitely spring.
On May 17, you can try a cocktail made with botanical ingredients at Cocktails at the Conservatory, a biannual evening event with live music and snacks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a pleasant spot for enjoying a beverage and mingling with friends. See www.rawlingsconservatory.org for details.
A bit later in the spring, the Rawlings’ outdoor gardens bloom when dozens of volunteers unite on Community Gardening Day, May 24, to plant the flower beds with annuals. The conservatory staff plans the design of the beds and orders the plants. The volunteers do the digging and planting. Everyone finishes with a picnic provided by the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory. The gardens then provide a restful and colorful spot for visitors to the park throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Other events take advantage of the pretty backdrop of the conservatory, such as the Charm City Blue Grass Festival, April 27-28, with a pop-up concert April 19. http://charmcitybluegrass.com/index.html
Posted April 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Imagine… waking up to the sound of light rain tapping on your window. The children awake with a sparkle in their eye, they run through the house full of excitement to the conservatory. For a moment they worry the day is ruined, but with the press of a button, the walls glide across the floor, opening your home to the beautiful outdoors, transforming your room into a protected outdoor retreat.
These are the days we live for; bringing families closer together through the power and inspiration of glass architecture. Brombal USA shares our passion. That is why Tanglewood Conservatories has partnered with Brombal as the Mid-Atlantic dealer for beautifully crafted steel and bronze windows and doors. As an innovator in the art of window and door production, Brombal has developed their artisanship over the course of more than fifty years. Tradition grounds them in the craftsmanship of their forebears and when combined with their new world technology, an incredible value is provided for every client.
The beautiful marriage between Tanglewood Conservatories and Brombal Steel Windows and Doors comes from our shared goal of providing an elite product that is not only innovative and elegant, but functional and designed with the ideas of the client in mind each and every time.
Want to learn more about Brombal’s new innovative line? Click here
When you are ready to transform your home into a getaway retreat, don’t wait. Talk with our specialists today at 410 479 4700.
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Typically, a design brainstorm session at Tanglewood starts something like this:
“The family wanted something so unique and have a sense of history that there was nothing like it anywhere in the world” – A Client’s Representative
The solutions We propose are often a mix of the old and the new, a synthesis of the contrasts of glass and steel, wood and copper, light and dark – and a sum greater than the parts that went into it. Indeed, nothing less than an experience.
Two disciplines that Tanglewood champions are the architecture styles of Art Nouveau and that of the European and American Conservatories, innovations and traditions that sought to fill very different yet similar needs.
As Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture Alan Stein points out:
“Art Nouveau started as an intentional search for a new aesthetic, whereas conservatory design started with a response to an actual need – to conserve orange trees and other over winter through the use of glass. It then developed into an aesthetic, not so much because of an ideological position, but because it was not possible to use the existing classical architectural language for glass buildings. Classical architecture is based on masonry construction where it is the “solid” walls that are the important elements.”
Architect and Engineer Bill Bertsche warns that “True conservatory design takes experience, talent, a keen eye for detail, and innovation. You cannot build a conservatory the same way you build a house [There must be] much more flexibility for design & detail.”
The architectural styles and inspirations of Art Nouveau provide those options. With its emphasis on the organic and its evocation of living organisms, Art Nouveau was born to live. This is particularly evident in the trees, flowers and other botanical embellishments that typically can be found in the details of Art Nouveau inspired buildings.
As the Encyclopedia Britannica comments, “Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration.It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design.”
Conservatory architecture, on the other hand, was born of a need to preserve.
Initially, Conservatories were seen as a place to preserve the conditions of a growing environment for the fruit trees and other botanicals of the Elite, as well as to provide a refuge from the calamities of the Outdoors. Indeed, the root of “conservatory” is postulated to be from the Latin “conservato”, relating to the Ancient Roman practice of having specific rooms or building designated for the preservation or “conservation” of food stuffs.
Together the two styles create an aesthetic for organic, living spaces that breaks from the traditions before it and grows it into the future. As Architect and Tanglewood Collaborator Dan Russoniello comments, “When working with the environment we end up with a better quality of life as well as a better sustained quality of life.”
So, what is the Future of Conservatory architecture?
Dan observes that:
“People are amazed at the absolute beauties of the… historical conservatories and they don’t realize that they are still being built. And the ones that are being built today are in many ways equally beautiful and equally experimental – in terms of the use of technology and engineering – as they were in the day when they were built a hundred years ago.”
Alan concurs when observes that:
“There is huge interest right now in building new conservatories, renovating existing conservatories … We would like to assist in pushing that initiative forward by offering something which is really not offered out there, which is a … history and an insight into the beauty and the relevance of the building itself … In terms of the building and its pedigree and its possibilities I think we’ve got something unique to offer the public that they find really interesting.”
Tanglewood Conservatories is more than a collection of craftspeople and designers devoted to the new renaissance in glass and steel domestic architecture. We are Caretakers of the Conservatory traditions – past, present, and future – and We will enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for this living architectural style with You and Your Clients.