New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse), 1830s, Charles Rohault de Fleury, Jardin des Plantes, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. Detail showing the glass and metal structures of the roof and walkway around it. To the left is the Grand Gallery of Evolution, and in the background is the minaret of the Grande Mosquee de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris). The New Caledonia Glasshouse, or Hothouse, was the first French glass and iron building.
Copyright Manuel Cohen / Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle