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Early 1900s Wm. H. Lutton Glasshouse Jersey City, NJ

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

Anyone else here who just might own one of these?

Construction is well beyond this photo taken late May.
Block will be faced with stone when the framing/glass is completed.

I have been looking for a glass source for a few curved panels that need replaced.
Anyone with helpful info I will appreciate. (But L & B panels won't work )o:

Thanks,
Alice

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Oklahoma City, OK(Zone 7a)

Is this yours? Wow. It's impressive. Sorry I can't help out..no glasshouse here. I'm drooling, though.

Toadsuck, TX(Zone 7a)

Alice, have you thought of contacting some of the plexiglass manufacturers for the curved panels you need??

"eyes"

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

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 a very neat greenhouse (o:

Cicero, NY(Zone 5a)

OH MY,its my dream come true!

North Vancouver, BC(Zone 8a)

Alice, just how big is it?? it looks huge! Elaine

Woodsville, NH(Zone 4a)

Wow! It's a beauty. You're so lucky to have all that room.

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

Hi Elaine,
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.

North Vancouver, BC(Zone 8a)

A glass palace!!!! how lovely! Elaine

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
> ams@gardenunderglass.com
> http://www.gardenunderglass.com

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

HA HA HA ..
I am researching which took me back to my own post over 5 years ago ...lol
Funny stuff :-)

Evergreen, CO

Any more pictures:-)

Las Cruces, NM(Zone 8a)

Wow, 25 x 80 glass....the mind boggles...I agree, if you have pictures, I'd love to see them!

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Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

Yes.
One day when a little time to come here again .. I will post more pix.
It turned out beautiful:-)

Concord, CA(Zone 9a)

Yes, please post pictures. A dream come true.
Linda

Norcross, GA(Zone 7b)

Pictures would be great - you could have an indoor lawn in a greenhouse that size:) Sort of like at Longwood Gardens.

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

It's filled with brugmansia, mostly. No lawn ..lol

Here is part of it behind the dwarf orchard and a portion of the butterfly garden we put in last year.
Alice

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Louisville, KY

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.

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

The purple flowering plant on the left is angelonia.
I grow all the colours available as is one of my very fav summer plants.

The blue/purple plant on the right is salvia 'Victoria'.
It grows beautifully, attracts hummingbirds and butterfies, and dries a wonderful blue shade.

The green with a few pink purple blooms in between just coming out is perennial aster.

Most of the plants in this garden have additional use.

Photo is only a portion of this garden. The whole is maybe 6 times larger.

I do use heavy grass mulch and newspaper on some of the gardens.
This one was mulched with composted mushroom manure which sets off the plant colours beautifully and replenishes soil same time.

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

Angelonia augustifolia

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Louisville, KY

thank you for the seed info. I probably will order them from one of these catalogs I just got. Thanks~!

Lafayette, IN

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!

- Thanks, Brad

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Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

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.
Alice

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Concord, CA(Zone 9a)

Oh my that is amazing ! I am so excited for you, what a great greenhouse. It is going to be wonderful. I am excited just to see the pictures.
Linda

Hahira, GA(Zone 8b)

Vintage - how gorgeous!! Do you have any pics showing your progress? I am dying to "greenhouse" vicariously through you! LOL Samantha

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

Here is new canna 'Gettysburg' at the road facing end of mine taken just last week before hard frost.
I will look if I have more photos showing the glasshouse.
Alice

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Lafayette, IN

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!

- Thanks, Brad

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Lafayette, IN

Here's a closeup view from another angle...

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Lafayette, IN

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.

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Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

Mine is just one length .. 25' x 80' with a double door entrance at each end and one side dormer entrance. I really like your overhangs.

Akron, PA(Zone 6b)

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!
RatherB

Lafayette, IN

Thanks! : )

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

- Brad

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Akron, PA(Zone 6b)

Brad, that photo is beautiful, too. Although hidden a little more, the great architecture still stands out.

How did you find it? Was it on EBay? Advertised locally? What a great find! As they say, "They don't make 'em like that anymore..."

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

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.
Alice

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Lafayette, IN

Thanks RatherBDigging,

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! :)

- Brad

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Akron, PA(Zone 6b)

Brad and Alice...
AAAhhhhhhh......

They don't make 'em like they used to! If I could ever find a small one like yours...

I have a question...how much is it to replace all that glass? Will it be custom? or can they be ordered somewhere?
RatherB

Waddy, KY

I think there's a couple old greenhouses similar to the one's you all are showing down here in Frankfort KY. They've been there for a long, long time.

Janet

Lafayette, IN

Good question! I'll soon find out! I know one thing, it probably won't be cheap! I may go with greenhouse plastic the first few years just for the sake of having it up and running a bit earlier.

Cheers! :)

- Brad

Coal Center, PA(Zone 6a)

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.

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Lafayette, IN

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?

- Brad

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