George Washington's Greenhouse - Mount Vernon, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lightnin Bug
N 38° 42.541 W 077° 05.187
18S E 318584 N 4286553
Quick Description: The Greenhouse at Mount Vernon is part of the estate of the first United States President, George Washington.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 10/18/2020 5:55:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM139BH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 1

Long Description:
This greenhouse is still in use, servicing the public and private areas of the Mount Vernon historical site.

From the Mount Vernon Website (https://www.mountvernon.org/the-estate-gardens/location/greenhouse/), we can provide a much better description:

"George Washington's Greenhouse, one of the largest buildings on the Mount Vernon estate, was designed to not only protect plants from the winter cold, but also to house enslaved workers assigned to the Mount Vernon farm.

Completed in 1787, the greenhouse—at the time an unusual feature on the American landscape—allowed Washington to nurture tropical and semitropical plants. Lemon and orange trees and sago palms grew here, much to the delight of strolling guests. An ambitious structure for its day, the Greenhouse had many windows to capture the southern sun, a vaulted ceiling that promoted air circulation, and an ingenious heating system that generated radiant heat from a series of flues under the floor. Washington’s Greenhouse burned in 1835, and the present structure was built in 1951 on the original foundation and based on drawings of the original structure. The reconstruction incorporates bricks from the White House, which was fully renovated between 1948 and 1952."
Type of Greenhouse: Botanical display - public

Type of Cover: Glass panel

What is the shape of this greenhouse: Traditional - vertical walls and a gable roof

Unique features: Historical, as it is part of George Washington's Estate

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