Worcester Horticultural Society

Project: The Orangerie At Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Location: Boylston, MA
Architect: Homesey Architects

The “Orangerie” at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, a modern interpretation of an 18th century greenhouse, was constructed as a winter haven for subtropical plants. The 14,000 sq. ft. glass and brick structure features decorative steel trusses, historical brick jack arches, ornate granite piers and bases, elegant 12-ft. Palladian glass doors, grand mahogany windows and woodwork, a slate roof, lead-coated copper trim and moldings, and elaborate finish carpentry.

  • Project was managed on an aggressive 10-month schedule
  • Installation of a mechanically operated, state-of-the-art glass roof greenhouse enclosure to ensure proper climate control
  • Sourcing of materials and integration of finishes consistent with 18th Century architecture