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Black and white photo of the single story greenhouse with brick foundation and glass sides and roof
Greenhouse, circa 1915
Constructed: 1900s
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Note: Location on map is approximate.

The Greenhouse at William & Mary was located north of the Wren Building and west of the President's House garage. It was built in the early 1900s and was 15' x 24' in size with a glass roof.

In 1908, the Board of Visitors appropriated funds for improvements "for Greenhouse for Prof. Ritchie 750.00." (Board of Visitors meeting minutes, June 1908 p. 171) The Greenhouse was mentioned in President Lyon G. Tyler's report to the Board of Visitors in February 1909. (Board of Visitors meeting minutes, February 1909, p. 181).

The Greenhouse can be seen on a map of campus dated April 15, 1930, produced by the South-Eastern Underwriters Association in the Special Collections Research Center.

Material in the Special Collections Research Center

  • University Archives Photograph Collection:
    • P1985.61, circa 1915
    • P1989.259 (scan #B3245A4)


  • University Archives Buildings File (2007), Greenhouse, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William & Mary.


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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.