The Tanglewood Story

Tanglewood Conservatories Artisians“These people’s kin built wood ships and oystering boats – skipjacks – for use on the Chesapeake Bay for over a hundred years!” In a sense then, the team was waiting for Tanglewood Conservatories to arrive. But how did Alan and Tanglewood find their way here? Before Tanglewood’s debut, elegant custom conservatories – designed and built in America for the American climate – did not exist. “That’s why we started building them”, says Alan. Early on, Tanglewood simply warehoused material manufactured by other companies.” We assembled their parts into sun rooms of fairly straightforward design.”

“As our creativity and experience in glass architecture grew, our custom conservatory design projects generated more interest.”

“We needed a new kind of environment, and people with new skills, to keep growing.” Bursting at the seams by 1996, Tanglewood Conservatories moved to its new location in Denton, adding the space and talent that enabled it to firmly establish this new tradition in America. The fit and finish of a Tanglewood conservatory has more in common with fine furniture than carpentry. Usually constructed of solid mahogany, these are intricate, complex, highly detailed structures. “Every conservatory design is different. It’s really a challenge! I realize now that working for Tanglewood gives these men and women the opportunity to bring unique and challenging creations to life.”

“We like to invent new ways of doing things,” says Alan. “One of our strengths is the ability to conceive something and actually pull it off,” using glass, wood, steel, and other metals. “We’re figuring out how to do it as we go.” Tanglewood is dedicated to architecture and wants no part of contemporary building practices, which are “devoted to the development of mass-production building technology.” “The engaging, detail-rich architectural forms of our past are part of the package here.”