About Us

Montgomery Smith Incorporated specializes in professional services for Historic Building Restoration, Glasshouse and Conservatory Design and Restoration, Needs Assessment, and Structural Surveys for a wide variety of historic building types with a focus on glasshouse structures.

The firm also has expertise in assembling and facilitating design teams for new construction projects and restorations involving conservatories and greenhouses. The professional members of these design teams – Architects, Mechanical and Structural engineers, and specialty consultants – are drawn from Montgomery Smith’s long standing network of professionals and professional firms across the US and Canada. The experts in this network have worked together over the past thirty years in different combinations on numerous restoration and new construction projects.

Montgomery Smith Inc. can provide capabilities for design management, design project management, auto-cad design, construction management with personnel oversight, and historic document research and digital transcription.

The owner, James M. Smith, has been involved in historic restoration projects for over forty years and glasshouse design, engineering and construction, for over thirty five.

The firm is currently involved in new design and construction projects of large-scale public conservatories, research and production greenhouses at both universities and public gardens, as well as, restoration projects for existing public conservatories and historic glasshouses.

James M. Smith, AAIA

Principal, Glasshouse Design and Preservation Consultant

James Smith


BA – University of Cincinnati
College of Design, Architecture and Art

Professional Associations

AIA, Associate Member, Cincinnati Chapter
American Public Gardens Association
Association for Preservation Technology
Society of Architectural Historians
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Cincinnati Preservation Association
IMA Horticultural Society
Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) Assessor
Smithsonian Institution, Guest Lecturer, January 1999


James Smith is the owner of Montgomery Smith Incorporated, a consulting firm specializing in providing professional services for Greenhouses and Conservatory Spaces. Services including:

  • Conservatory and Research Greenhouse Design
  • Glasshouse Preservation
  • Environmental Systems Design

After eight years of construction and management in the restoration of historic buildings in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Smith joined a national greenhouse design and manufacturing firm in 1985. In that position he managed the Construction Division that built, restored and repaired commercial, institutional and public greenhouses nationwide for eight years. He then became the head of the company’s Conservatory Restoration Division and a member of the corporate management team as Vice President of Operations for the next seven years.Since the incorporation of Montgomery Smith, Inc. in 2000, Mr. Smith has consulted for a wide range of clients and institutions involved in new greenhouse design, conservatory design and large scale production greenhouse design.

Personal expertise ranges from greenhouse evaluations and design through large-scale restoration construction with an emphasis on systems design for conservatories and research greenhouses.

Public Gardens/Selected Conservatory Projects:

Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Atlanta, Georgia

Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens
Buffalo, New York

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Brooklyn, New York

Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory
Cornell University, New York

Garfield Park Conservatory
Chicago, Illinois

Dumbarton Oaks Conservatory
Washington, DC

Cheyenne Botanical Gardens
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Denver Botanical Gardens
Denver, Colorado

Desert Botanical Gardens
Phoenix, Arizona

Belle Isle Conservatory
Detroit, Michigan

Penn State Arboretum
State College, Pennsylvania

Manito Park Conservatory
Spokane, Washington

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Akron, Ohio

Matthaei Conservatory
University of Michigan

Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Winterthur, Delaware

Harkness Mansion & Gardens
State of Connecticut

Bronx Zoo Butterfly House
Gund Partnership

Brucemore Estate Greenhouse
National Trust

Enid Haupt Conservatory
New York Botanical Garden

Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina

United States Botanical Garden
Washington D.C.

Phipps Conservatory
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Garfield Park Conservatory
Indianapolis, Indiana

Frederik Meijer
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Krohn Conservatory
Cincinnati, Ohio

Oglebay Park Conservatory
Wheeling, West Virginia

Conservatory of the Two Sisters
New Orleans Botanical

Franklin Park Conservatory
Columbus, Ohio

Lyman Plant House
Smith College, Massachusetts

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, Ohio

The Huntington Library and Gardens
San Marino, California

Lewis Ginter Botanical
Richmond, Virginia

Sonnenberg Gardens
Canandaigua, New York

Oatlands Plantation
Leesburg, Virginia

Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia

Gardner Museum
Boston, Massachusetts

Garfield Park Conservatory – Chicago, Illinois

Birmingham Botanical Garden Conservatory
Birmingham, Alabama


Phipps Conservatory Tropical Rain Forest & Production Greenhouses
IKM Architects

Friends School Research Greenhouse
Episcopal H.S. Science Center

Graham Gund Architects

Yale Biology Complex YBB Greenhouses
Pelli Architects / Freelon Architects

Matthaei Conservatory, University of Michigan
U of M, Architects Office

Dumbarton Oaks Greenhouse
Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates

Denver Botanical Gardens
Tryba Architects

Harvard University – Rowland Greenhouse Harvard University – Weld Hill /Arboretum
KlingStubbins, Architects

National Gallery of Art
Ewing Cole Architects

North Carolina Arboretum
Woolpert Associates, LLP

Harkness Mansion and Gardens – State of Connecticut
CME Architecture

Smithsonian Institution – Production Greenhouses
Architrave PC Architects

University of Pittsburgh
IDC Architects

R.J.Reynolds Mansion Friends of Sapelo Island
University of Georgia Architects

U.S. Botanical Garden
Architect of the Capitol

Indianapolis Museum of Art – Oldfields Greenhouse Bird Haven Conservatory – Joliet Park District
Simmons Associates Architects

City Park Greenhouses
Linfield, Hunter & Junius

Rutgers University

Buffalo State College
Cannon Design

Desert Botanical Garden Greenhouses
coLab Design

OARDC, A.&F. Greenhouses
SFA Architects

OARDC, Selby Greenhouses
F.T.C.& H.

Amherst College
Payette Architects

Wellesley College
Ellenzweig Architects

Cornell University
O’Brian & Gere

Connecticut College
Payette Architects

Holyoke Community College

Dumbarton Oaks Greenhouses


Penn State University
Ohio State University
Michigan State Univ.
Iowa State University
University of Nebraska
University of Georgia
Texas A&M University
Florida State University
Columbia University
Harvard University
Univ. of Texas, El Paso
Arizona State University
Conn.Ag. at Yale Univ.
Ciba/Novartis Research
Pioneer Seed Research
American Cyanamid
BASF Research Labs USDA Research Labs

United States Botanical Garden, D.C.

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh

New Orleans Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Lewis Binter Botanical Gardens