The Beaumont Allen Greenhouse at Oakland Cemetery will be officially dedicated in a private ceremony on Nov. 19. The greenhouse bears the name of one of the historic cemetery’s longtime supporters and leaders, Beaumont “Beau” Allen.
“Our new greenhouse will ably serve Oakland Cemetery every day, and serves as a fitting, long-lasting memorial to Beau’s work at this treasured landmark that he loved so much,” said David Moore, executive director of the Historic Oakland Foundation.
Allen, the youngest son of former Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and Louise Richardson Allen, served as HOF board chairman from 2004 to 2005. He was also on the organization’s board of directors and board of advisors for more than 10 years. Allen died in August 2014, and was laid to rest next to his parents at Oakland Cemetery.
Oakland hasn’t had a functioning greenhouse for more than 40 years, but this will be remedied by the donation from the Buckhead Mens’ Garden Club (BMGC), the Atlanta History Center and other partners. With Atlanta Cyclorama relocating to the History Center, BMGC was required to remove its greenhouse and offered it to Oakland. Coincidentally, the 50-foot by 30-foot aluminum and tempered glass structure was a perfect fit at the ruins of Oakland’s former greenhouse, which was demolished in the early 1970s.
For more details on the history of greenhouses at Oakland Cemetery, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com/projects/greenhouse.