Atlanta History This a photo of the Buckhead Men's Club greenhouse that will be moved to Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Published on June 29th, 2015 |

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Buckhead Men’s Club greenhouse moving, makes way for Cyclorama

As part of the preparations for moving the Atlanta Cyclorama to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, historic Oakland Cemetery will again have a functioning greenhouse after four decades thanks to the Buckhead Men’s Garden Club, History Center and other partners.

This a photo of the Buckhead Men's Club greenhouse that will be moved to Historic Oakland Cemetery.

This a photo of the Buckhead Men’s Club greenhouse that will be moved to Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Atlanta Cyclorama’s impending move from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center (AHC) campus required the Buckhead Men’s Garden Club (BMGC) to remove its greenhouse, which is currently located where Cyclorama will be housed.

The Cyclorama will be closed down at Grant Park this Tuesday in preparation to its move and eventual opening at the Atlanta History Center in early 2017. To read BuckheadView’s earlier story about that, click here.

Rendering of the new Cyclorama building  at the Atlanta History Center.

Rendering of the new Cyclorama building at the Atlanta History Center.

The BMGC offered the structure to Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF), in hopes that the cemetery could utilize it. In the event a new site couldn’t be found, the 50-foot by 30-foot aluminum and tempered glass structure would be demolished.

With the help of AHC, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation, the Urban Design Commission, Georgia State University, and other groups and private donors, Oakland Cemetery will relocate and reconstruct the greenhouse this summer.

Once erected, the greenhouse will serve a very important purpose at the cemetery, allowing gardens to no longer be limited to growing temperature-specific varieties of plants. Instead, the greenhouse will facilitate the growth of plants historically found at Oakland.

After HOF’s establishment in 1976, plans were made to restore the greenhouse and other cemetery structures that had fallen into disrepair. However, that project did not come to fruition and

Site at Oakland Cemetery  where the greenhouse will be erected once it is moved from Buckhead.

Site at Oakland Cemetery where the greenhouse will be erected once it is moved from Buckhead.

brick walls are what remain of the greenhouse today.

Fortunately, the BMGC greenhouse fits perfectly in those existing walls. This allows Oakland’s preservation team to restore function to the greenhouse while retaining its historic features and meeting preservation standards.

Atlanta’s first greenhouse was erected at Oakland Cemetery in 1870, and over the next few years two more greenhouses were built to accommodate growth. Very little documentation exists about the architecture or location of these buildings, though HOF has been conducting research to learn as much as possible about these structures.

This information will be incorporated into an effort to interpret the historic “work area” of the cemetery, where the greenhouse, carriage house, and boiler room stand along with a stable that no longer exists.

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