Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project



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Institution Name: Mitchell College
Original/Historic Place Name: Greenhouse
Location on Campus: near the Ark at 463 Pequot Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
ca. 1895original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: concrete
Roof: wood and glass with galvanized steel frame
ca. 1895other (greenhouse)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (unused)

The greenhouse has a metal frame with four bays. Doors are set in either of the gable ends, and the east end has a cast iron hood with a foliate design. A finial on this matches another on the gable peak above. The interior has plant beds with stone sides and square brick bottoms. The basement once contained a furnace to heat the greenhouse.

The greenhouse is an example of a functional structure with detailing only at the entrance. The simple character of the building is typical of the outbuildings on a 19th century estate. The very simplicity of the building and the decorative trim display good design. The greenhouse is indicative of the lifestyle of a wealthy leisure class in the late 19th century, as the use of cut flowers was part of the daily ritual for many families of the Mitchell's standing.


Daboll, L. E. Property of the Lone Pine Lawn Corporation Pequot and Montauk Aves. Plan. 1937. Library, Mitchell College, New London, CT.

Mitchell, Donald G. The Lodge with Farm Woods & Gardens. Hand-drawn plan of the Mitchell Estate. ca. 1890. Library, Mitchell College, New London, CT.


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