New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse), 1830s, Charles Rohault de Fleury, Jardin des Plantes, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.  View from above of the interior of the glasshouse showing the newly planted areas representing the four forest climates: bottom left: arid forest; bottom right: mangrove swamp; top left: humid forest; top right: savannah. People on the central walkway are looking at the plants. Arching above are the metal girders of the glasshouse. The New Caledonia Glasshouse, or Hothouse, was the first French glass and iron building.

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New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse), 1830s, Charles Rohault de Fleury, Jardin des Plantes, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. View from above of the interior of the glasshouse showing the newly planted areas representing the four forest climates: bottom left: arid forest; bottom right: mangrove swamp; top left: humid forest; top right: savannah. People on the central walkway are looking at the plants. Arching above are the metal girders of the...
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