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Sonnenberg Receives Grant from Parks & Trails New York for Greenhouse Vinery Restoration Project

Mar 09th, 2018

March 7, 2018

Contact Name: Kim Burkard

Contact Phone Number: 585-394-4922

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Organization receives $18,684.92 grant from Parks and Trails New York for Greenhouse Vinery Restoration Project


Canandaigua, New York – “The Greenhouse Vinery Restoration work needed in the West Display Green House will include repairs to masonry, skeletal framework, sashes, roof, glass and gutters” as explained by David Hutchings, Executive Director of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park. The greenhouse maintenance project includes all components of the metal and wooden elements, masonry, sealants, and flashings of the Greenhouse area known as the Vinery will include: disassembly of glazing bars wooden sashes of repairs to sashes, glass and gutters. Some glass will need to be removed for the repairs and/or replacements of the wooden sashes, metal framing and cast iron gutter system. The work will include sandblasting, repairs, priming and finish paint of the entire greenhouse and full assembly of the structural ribs, posts, purlins, sash bars, glazing, gutters and flashing with all mechanical operations in good working order. Repairs to the uneven walkway are needed, filling in any damaged concrete on the inside of the greenhouse.

This project will allow a safe quality visitor experience for this section of the Greenhouse Complex that does not exist today. Sonnenberg’s non-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation of the gardens and this Greenhouse is a vital part of their founder’s story. This project is helping with the operational sustainability of this section of Greenhouse that today is not fully utilized because of the current condition. The park’s strategic plan identifies the need to restore its historic structures in a pragmatic sequence. The Greenhouse Complex work started in 2015 and is ongoing through 2019 with this grant support.

The visitors for both public viewing and utilizing the site for private use to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion will benefit from this restored historic greenhouse. This will once again allow for a greater experience of daily tours and will be one step closer to repair the defined maintenance of the site and enhance the premier Thompson Estate. Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion hosts over almost 40,000 visitors each year, enhancing the local economy and the tourism in the Finger Lakes region. Visitors throughout the United States and Canada have enjoyed the beautiful property and experienced the organization’s mission which preserves, interprets the living collection of nine historic gardens and promotes the life, times and legacy of Canandaigua’s Thompson family estate. The staff, board, and volunteers at Sonnenberg all tell the love story of the Thompsons and the legacy of their property and lives to the local and regional community.


Whether strolling through its flower-filled gardens, picnicking under its majestic trees or touring its magnificent mansion, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is a very special place. The 50-acre estate is one of just two public gardens in all of the New York State Parks System. A serene respite, just blocks away from downtown Canandaigua, Sonnenberg is a gift to the community from Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson.


Images of the Greenhouse Vinery:


Kimberly Burkard

Marketing & Membership

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424

585-394-4922 -

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