Together with the Orangery, the Exhibition Hall with its original sunken marble floor is the centerpiece of the 1921 Conservatory.
The elegant bougainvillea trained on the pillars and walls is the original planting from the 1920s. Once used by the du Ponts for dances and dinner parties, the sunken marble floor is typically flooded with a few inches of water to beautifully reflect the ever-changing seasonal displays. The floor is periodically drained as we continue the tradition of hosting lavish performances and events in this space.
Hundreds of performing artists, from Meyer Davis’ dance band to the Metropolitan Opera sopranos, from John Philip Sousa to South African vocal groups, have graced the stage. The Exhibition Hall is also the site of specialty flower shows, from dahlias to orchids, and fabulous Christmas displays that guests remember for years afterwards.