Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) will host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at the Beaumont Allen Greenhouse on Thursday, Nov. 19. The private event will include remarks from HOF Executive Director David Moore; a representative from the City of Atlanta; Buckhead Men’s Garden Club (BMGC) President Richard Dunville; and Allen’s widow Sally 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 HOF.
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.
This fall, after more than four decades, Oakland Cemetery will once again have a functioning greenhouse, thanks to the BMGC, the Atlanta History Center (AHC) and other partners.
With Atlanta Cyclorama relocating to AHC, BMGC was required to remove its greenhouse, which stood at the same location as Cyclorama’s new home at AHC. BMGC offered its greenhouse to HOF, and 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.