Owning a Lord & Burnham greenhouse is like owning a piece of US and Canadian history. Here’s why…
Greenhouses became popular on the East Coast of the USA following the 1853 World’s Fair in Bryant Park, New York, at which the star attraction was the New York Crystal Palace – a giant greenhouse made out of iron and glass.
Lord & Burnham was the leading designer and builder of greenhouses in the USA and Canada for more than 125 years (from 1856-1982).
The company started out in Massachusetts in 1856 when the talented carpenter, Frederick Lord, founded his own company specializing in greenhouse building, known as Lord’s Horticultural Manufacturing Co.
Lord set up his business in Irvington, New York, along the Hudson River banks – a site that later became the Lord & Burnham headquarters and main production facility, and remained in the same location for the next century and a quarter.
The company name changed when Lord’s son-in-law, William Addison Burnham, joined forces with Lord to form a partnership dedicated to building greenhouses across North America.
In its hey-day, Lord & Burnham manufactured greenhouses in St Catharines, Canada, Des Moines, Iowa, as well as in the original facility in Irvington, New York.
Lord & Burnham Greenhouses eventually became a division of the Burnham Corporation – a manufacturer of industrial boilers – and was ultimately closed down in 1982 in its 126th year of operation.
So if you are fortunate enough to have a Lord & Burnham greenhouse on your property, you own a historical possession that is well worth looking after.
Our greenhouse builders have worked extensively with these beautiful old structures and can assist in all aspects of greenhouse restoration and renovation. We can even build new greenhouses that mimic all the grace and antique design features of the Lord & Burnham models but with modern heating and cooling technology that makes them super-efficient to run.
If you would like to find out more about our restoration, renovation, construction services, and greenhouse sales please contact our friendly team at Glass Garden Builders by calling 603-903-3429 or contact us via this web site.
Lord & Burnham’s Honeymoon House: A Greenhouse Design from the 1930s
During it fabled 126-year history, Lord & Burnham prided itself on its greenhouse design innovation and its responsiveness to customers.
Both hallmarks can be found in the story of the development of the “Honeymoon House” greenhouse design – a large and popular 4-wing greenhouse in the shape of a T. The center house measured 22′ by 25′ with each of the 3 wings 18′ by 25′ – providing a greenhouse that was both attractive and immensely practical for larger-scale winter gardening.
- The story behind the Honeymoon House is an enchanting one: on a warm, flower-filled July day, a newlywed couple taking their honeymoon train trip together from New York City to Bar Harbor, Maine came to a prolonged stop opposite a large greenhouse similar to the one described above.
- For the young Florida bride, gazing at length upon the greenhouse led to thoughts of how the warm July would inevitably turn to a frost-killed fall to be followed by her reluctant first winter in the Northeast. As she expressed her concerns to her husband, it almost seemed to the couple that the magic of this magnificent greenhouse would not release the train until they made up their minds to brighten the drabness of winter with a greenhouse of their own.
- Upon arriving in Bar Harbor, the bride wrote out a telegram to Lord & Burnham, telling her story, and asking them to provide the cost of the greenhouse design she described by return wire. Lord & Burnham’s Honeymoon House greenhouse was born.
Lord & Burnham Motors
I have recently bought a new house that came with a greenhouse. It appears to have a Lord & Burnham motor in it. How can I identify it?
If it needs replacing, is there a difference between the Lord & Burnham motors and other motors made off shore?
If I redesign my greenhouse, can I still use the Lord & Burnham motors to operate the vents and other things?