On October 25, 2006 I had to travel down to Sapelo Island to document the R.J. Reynolds Estate Greenhouses at the University of Georgia’s Marine Institute. Our office manages the different projects that have to deal with master planning, new construction and infrastructure, and Historic Preservation.
Part one of this series of Sapelo Island will be on the greenhouses that were built by the Wm. H. Lutton Company in the early 1920’s. The greenhouses are actually one structure, but they contain 13 different environmental zones, with each zone considered to be one greenhouse. The greenhouses are an amazing example of a well designed structure which is still structurally sound after all these years.
The greenhouses are 5,250 square feet in size on the interior with an additional two exterior courtyards and a two story Gardener’s Residence that is 1,360 square feet.
At the time of these photographs, the greenhouses have been abandoned for over 20 years.
The following are some of the photographs I took from the site.