3 things to know: Progress on the Botanical Building’s restoration in Balboa Park

Here’s where the project stands as of mid-September 2023.

SD Botanical Building September 2023

Changes are in the air at the Botanical Building.

Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday

The ambitious restoration of Balboa Park’s historic Botanical Building is progressing steadily, and the city is on track to complete the project’s first phase in 2024.

Upgrades to the lath structure and its temporary closure began in January 2022. We’re missing the soothing space and its pretty plants — here’s where the project stands as of mid-September 2023.

Construction at the Botanical Building in Balboa Park in August 2023.

Inside the progress in August 2023.

Photo via @CityofSanDiego

Three things you should know:

  • Phase 1 includes interior and exterior renovations — so you may have recently seen the structure’s bare bones. The middle portion remains draped.
  • Once Phase 1 is completed, the building will reopen to the public, but exterior restoration may be ongoing. It’ll remain free to visit.
  • Phase 2 will be managed by nonprofit Forever Balboa Park and will enhance the surrounding gardens, restore the fountains and pergola, and improve walkways. These elements are expected to open in 2024, though the timeline is fluid. Donate to the efforts.
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