Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, 1895

July 20, 2017

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, ca. 1895

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, 1895

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, 1895

Original Arboretum Nursery site back of 1090 Centre St. Photo taken 1900 or earlier. [Title from recto of enclosure.] ; Original Arboretum Nursery site back of 1090 Centre St. Photo taken 1900 or earlier (estimated). Copied from an old print Aug. 1961. [Title from verso.] ; 2 duplicates, 10.5 x 16.5 cm. (made 8/1961), 1 negative, 5.5 x 9.5 cm. (made 1961-08). 10 x 16.5 cm. Negative CW-666. Gelatin silver process.

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, ca. 1895

Alternate Title: 1090 Centre Street nursery looking towards Bussey Hill
1090 Centre Street, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1895

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

Jackson Dawson (1841-1916), our first superintendent and propagator, had previously built a “tiny unpretentious greenhouse” in the back of his home at 1090 Centre Street. As the volume of work and seed collections increased, so did the need for a new, accessible facility. When construction was complete, the new facility included three glasshouses, a cold storage house, the bonsai pavilion, a permanent shade house, nursery and many plant beds.

A few other facilities were employed for use on our grounds until in 1962,The Charles Stratton Dana Greenhouses opened to modernize our plant propagation resources, and to provide a centralized research facility for Arboretum staff.

In 2014, as part of its Campaign for Sustainability, the Arboretum launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign to upgrade lighting systems to longer-lasting LED fixtures and windows to double-glazed panes which improve temperature regulation for plant growth. The initiative was successful and The Dana Greenhouses attained the ideal early 21st-century standard for plant propagation and energy efficiency.

Read more about the history of the greenhouses in our quarterly journal, Arnoldia.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

Featured Image Archive

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *