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The funds will be used toward the restoration of the Bark Pit Greenhouse at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. The greenhouse is a long, low brick structure built into the side of a hill, with a sloping roof consisting of a series of large, glazed sash. It is the oldest structure in the Lyman Estate Greenhouses complex, which also includes an 1804 Grape House, 1820 Camellia House, 1930 Orchid House, and an 1840 Sales Greenhouse where the public can purchase plants. The c. 1796 Bark Pit Greenhouse is the oldest surviving greenhouse in North America.
The restored greenhouse will be returned to functional use. It provides a combination of good sun with cold, but protected temperatures. Staff plan to use the bark pit greenhouse to overwinter some of the plants they raise for popular public spring sales, including perennials, herbs, and hostas. The greenhouse will also be used to harden off herbs raised during the winter and be included on landscape tours.
The 1772 Foundation and Preservation Massachusetts worked in partnership to award one-for-one matching grants for maintaining historic buildings in Massachusetts.
About The 1772 Foundation
The 1772 Foundation plays a leading role in promoting historic preservation nationwide. The foundation works to ensure the safe passage of historic buildings and farmland to future generations.
About Preservation Massachusetts
Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide non-profit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage and promoting the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes.