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Lyman Estate Greenhouses awarded grants

Lyman Estate Greenhouse interior

Waltham, Mass. – Historic New England recently received two grants to support a $335,000 preservation project at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses.

Massachusetts Historical Commission awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund and the City of Waltham awarded a $165,900 grant from the Community Preservation Act Fund.

The preservation project focuses on the historic greenhouse complex, built between 1804 and 1930, and includes masonry preservation, heating system rehabilitation, window preservation, and accessibility improvements. Work is scheduled to take place between April 1 and October 31, 2017.

The work will help preserve the character-defining features in these fragile glass structures, which are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States; provide adequate ventilation and more reliable heat for the historic plant collections; and deliver better service to the nearly 10,000 individuals who visit the greenhouses every year.

About Historic New England
The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are part of the Lyman Estate, one of thirty-six historic properties owned and operated by Historic New England. The greenhouse complex consists of an 1804 grape house, 1820 camellia house, 1840 orchid house, and a 1930 sales greenhouse. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

Media contact: Susanna Crampton 617-994-5955,

Lyman Estate Greenhouses awarded grants