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“An Orangery was a feature of royal and aristocratic residences from the 17th to the 19th century. A type of greenhouse, with citrus trees being grown in tubs and wintering under cover, it originated from the Renaissance gardens of Italy, when glass-making technology enabled sufficient expanses of clear glass to be produced. The Orangerie at the Palace of the Louvre, 1617, inspired imitations that were not eclipsed until the development of the modern greenhouse in the 1840s, which was quickly overshadowed by the architecture in glass of Joseph Paxton. Notable for his design of the Crystal Palace, his "great conservatory" at Chatsworth House was an orangery and glass house of monumental proportions.

The orangery, however, was not just a greenhouse but a symbol of prestige and wealth and a feature of the garden, in the same way as a summerhouse, folly or "Grecian temple". Owners would conduct their guests there on tours of the garden to admire not only the fruits within but the architecture without. Often the orangery would contain fountains, grottos, and an area in which to sit and eat.”

History of the Orangery

The History of the Orangery Continued

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One of the first Orangeries was constructed in Italy in 1555 at the University of Pisa. Soon after they became popular in Holland and they were also soon adopted by the British nobility.

These British versions actually came shortly after conservatories although have been preserved better due to their construction and being the preferred option on many stately homes, becoming more elaborate by the 19th century as more exotic plants and trees were being brought to England which had to be protected from the harsh winter months.

Typically a low dwarf wall with large south facing sash windows that could be over 3 meters high, sometimes with curved windows. These being separated by large stone or brick pillars. The iron or lead box gutter was concealed from view by a parapet wall that ran around the circumference of the Orangery above the window frames, and the north facing wall was usually made from solid walls.

Separated from the main house, these rooms were purely to cultivate and show off precious plants and fruit trees – hence the term Orangery. Due to their more complex and solid nature they are a lot more expensive than Conservatories but stand the test of time, and many Stately homes around the UK have a well preserved Orangery whereas the conservatories in the walled gardens may have been replaced a number of times.

Today the modern Orangery is either an exact replica of this grandiose designs or a combination of a more light and airy conservatory with slimmer pillars and attached to the home with a seamless connection to the interior living space.

Franklin can replicate these traditional features using modern materials to give a room that not only impresses but gives value added space that often is described as the best room in the house.

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