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Yes, this is mine. I had a smaller portion up where I am moving from. Now down and going up at the ends of this one.
But this is the whole of it that was salvagable. It is about 2/3 done now. I need usable in about a month.
Finally found someone within 50 miles here who can supply the curved glass. It is expensive. ha
There is door at the side that has odd shaped glass we wound up having cut from Lexon. Looks real good ..I was surprised.
But still think I will go with the glass for the curves just because the rest is.
It is 25 by 80 feet.
There is a conservatory with it that has been down and stored since the 1920s.
Not sure it is all still there, but may give it a whirl when this is done.
After this far ..I am sure we will figure something. LOL
But may add to the house instead of the greenhouse.
If you can send a piece of paper with the curved described on it along with marking the ends, include the width I will look in my shop, I might have some used units laying around.
Andrew M. Simko
> Garden Under Glass
> 11 Vanderbilt Pkwy.
> Dix Hills, NY 11746-5815
> 631 424-5997
That is awesome. Looks like you have a little path to wonder through. What is the purple flowering plant? Do you use weed wrap/newspaper or just mulch and compost heavily? I wish I had that scene to look at everyday.
Alice - Hello again! I just sent you a D-Mail. Let's talk! I'd love to learn more about your vintage greenhouse! We're in process of designing the layout and location for building a William Lutton greenhouse as well.
If anyone here has a vintage William Lutton Greenhouse or older Lord and Burnham from the early 1900's we'd enjoy learning about your experiences with maintaining and owning such a greenhouse.
Attached is a pic of our greenhouse just before the salvage work began a year ago last fall. Got the whole greenhouse as well as a William Lutton sunroom disassembled and loaded in just 10 days.
We plan to heat it with an E-Classic 2300 outdoor wood burning boiler unit from Central Boiler and say good-bye to propane fuel bills!
I talked with your via Ebay, Brad, and encouraged you to keep this greenhouse.
I am happy you are. You will not regret.
Restoring our Lutton glasshouse has been one of the best things I have accomplished.
I would like to meet others with Lutton houses, also.
Will look for your D-mail.
Thanks! We're excited too! I've been waiting for about 15 years to find such a greenhouse and it finally came about by chance last year. I actually heard of a Lord & Burnham that was available in the same week I learned of the Lutton greenhouse. I believe the vintage Lord & Burnham greenhouse may be available still in somewhere in Massachusetts.
Anyhow, here's a few more pics of our Lutton greenhouse as we were beginning to salvage it from Long Branch, New Jersey. We haven't yet began building it due to the overall cost needed to do it right. It'll be a few more years before we have both the time (and money) to get everything ready for doing the full restoration. Right now we are in process of creating the blueprints for building the foundation as well as carefuly labeling all the 100+ photos with part numbers, so anyone may put the greenhouse together.
We're kinda new to this vintage greenhouse thing so we are very interested in chatting with anyone who's been there and done this themselves and has any background info to share!
It's hard to tell in most of the pics - but this particular greenhouse is "L-shaped" - an unusual design from this era of vintage greenhouses I've learned from restoration experts. One leg of the greenhouse is about 91'ft. long and the 2nd leg is 35'ft' in length. The 91'ft. leg of the greenhouse is the side with the two dormer entrances. There's a utility door entrance on the gable end of the long leg with a dainty looking overhanging roof. The width of each leg is 18'ft.
As you can see in the pics, we had to clear all kinds of grape vines and english ivy etc. off the structure before dismantling the greenhouse. I'll try and find a few of those 'before' pics too! Luckily there was no poison ivy at all within the confines of the greenhouse. That would have made the salvage job quite challenging.
We almost considered selling our greenhouse dream last winter when things were kinda rough with the economy - but we weathered the storm and took Alice's advice to keep this surviving piece from times past.
Oh, how great to find such a wonderful greenhouse. When it is finished, it will be so unique. I can just see the vision of what it can be, even just seeing the skeleton framework. What history! I would love to find one, but I would need a smaller one on our smaller property.
They don't make them like that anymore...You are so lucky. I so hope you will post your renovations on this thread when you are ready to proceed...I can't wait!
After searching for nearly two decades it was really exciting to find this Lutton greenhouse. It will certainly be a challenging project. It may be a few years before we have any pics of the finished project.
Attached is a pic of the greenhouse before it shed it's greenery
Here is the large side entry to mine.
As most of the original architecture was destroyed, I had to improvise to make it still look period and good.
The stained glass is from a local but world renowned manufacturer here.
This was February and very cold outside. Very nice inside though.
I even picked a lemon that day :-) Pretty good for February and sw PA.
We found our greenhouse via the net. When I visited the site of the greenhouse I was a bit over-whelmed at first with the task of clearing the vines covering greenhouse. Being the owner and operator of a grounds maintenance business it took two of us just a day to clear off the entire structure. There were several small trees growing inside and english ivy was everywhere! It was kinda treacherous working with the conditions we had to work thru - but we got it done!
Cool pic Alice! Your're endeavor has been an inspiration for us! :)
We had a good amount of original glass .. which has that waviness to it and very neat :-)
We had to purchase glass for the rest, and yes ... a bit costly. But I was able to buy as we could afford until finally finished. The stained glass was more costly though .. lol
Some of the curved panels are acrylic as we could not find any glass ones to replace the broken ones.
My glasshouse was first erected in the early 1900s as part of a grand mansion.
Alice - Sounds like you've learned a lot from your greenhouse project. I'll be giving you a call sometime into the new year to touch base on resources for glass etc.
Also, I'd love to hear more from other vintage greenhouse owners and their experiences with owning a curved glass greenhouse! Any one else out there with resource info on cypress sash bars, curved glass mfg.'s, maintenance info etc?
I was looking through some very old articles online here from a magazine in the 1918s. I ran across a add that looks to be selling this exact greenhouse. I thought you maybe interested in seeing it. The add is right in the middle of the page. I believe it is on page 218.
Thanks for the ad link! Looks quite similiar except for the fact King Greenhouses was a different manufacturer vs. ours being a William Lutton greenhouse. The entrance in the ad looks very similar to the dormer entrances on our greenhouse. I've searched the net myself for info or ads on our greenhouse over the past year. Your internet search showing the King greenhouses ad is the closest representation I've seen that best illustrates our greenhouse's entrances.
Where is your greenhouse marked 'Lutton'?
Mine is embedded in the sill plates. "William H Lutton, Jersey City, New Jersey".
No question it is a Lutton .. lol
Your sills look very much same as mine.
I know there have to be other Luttons out there in private hands.
And I know where there are several as part of institutions, commercial, etc.
In my research over the years with mine, I have quite a few of those vintage ads.
All are very neat!
Yes, Brian, this King one is similar. And very nice, too. Thanks for showing it.
Oh my, I think I died and went to heaven looking at ya'lls beautiful vintage greenhouses. Oh how I would have loved to live in that period and lived and in a stately mansion with those greenhouse and period clothing. AHHHHHH just dreaming about it makes me happy.
Please by all means keep posting photos, links and so forth and taking us back to by-gone-days. What lovely thoughts and things to day dream about over the winter months.
Makes my little plastic greenhouse look like a joke. LOL But it does get the job done and keep my plants warm and healthy until spring.
Actually my husband has just brought home 6 huge old metal round spools. They are over 10 ft tall and each is over 31/2 fr wide and he's planning on making me some kind of greenhouse out of them. Let's just say they will not look anything like Alice or Brads beautiful antique greenhouses but they should be something to talk about and add a little interest to another part of the gardens and paths here on my humble dwelling. (Old broken down non working farm).
Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures Alice and Brad, now I'm going to be drooling for days just thinking about them both put together, full of plants and bursting at the seams with everything under the sun blooming.
One of the fun things and true to the original purpose of this glasshouse built in sw PA was to enjoy blooms and fresh produce through winter. Nearly 100 years later blooms and fresh produce are still grown through winter and make winter days good :-)
Brugmansia 'Bad Angel' in full flush on a cold early winter day in January.
Rather, I really have no idea as to if they are for sale or not. They may not even be what you're looking for. They're attached to what was once a retail greenhouse and florist in Frankfort. I'd say they are probably not in the best of shape as there were a few small trees starting to grow in them. I'm pretty sure all the glass is gone out of them.