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Lyman Estate in Waltham to reopen after year-long maintenance projects

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 6, 2012 04:27 PM

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Partygoers enjoy cocktails on the Lyman Estate's veranda at a previous event.

After more than a year of energy efficiency improvements and cosmetic upgrades, Historic New England presents the grand reopening of the Lyman Estate in Waltham Thursday, June 7.

The estate is a popular Boston-area venue for weddings and private events, with a signature bridal showcase, according to a prepared statement from the organization.

The event will showcase the estate, a National Historic Landmark built in 1793, and will feature local catering and wedding planning vendors.

Guests can sample food and sip champagne while exploring the rooms and gardens of the estate, the organization said.

The evening also includes a bridal fashion show, complete with professional models walking a runway in gowns from La Reine Bridal Boutique.

Attendees can also witness the hair and make-up prep prior to the fashion show.

For more than 150 years, the Lyman Estate was the country home to four generations of Boston’s prominent Lyman family, the organization said.

The mansion and historic greenhouses sit on 37 acres of lawns, gardens, and woodland.

Historic New England spent the past year performing maintenance, such as repairing the Lyman mansion roof, veranda, and took steps to protect the building and ensure safe access for visitors.

They also performed electrical rehabilitation in preparation for reinstallation of historic lighting fixtures, and worked on the up keep of the historic wood floors.

The preservation work also coincided with a weatherization project at the mansion, which sought to make it 50 percent more energy-efficient without sacrificing its architectural integrity. As a result, the mansion will be one of the most energy-efficient public historic buildings in the region and a national model for other historic homes, according to a previous statement.

Waltham City Council decided last year to award a $207,000 preservation grant to support maintenance work on the estate.

The grant was matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor, resulting in more than $400,000 being invested in preserving the property at that time.

Historic New England President and CEO Carl Nold said previously that the organization was delighted to gain Waltham's support for the preservation project.

“The work at the Lyman Estate is one of the most extensive of the many projects supported by Historic New England’s Preservation Maintenance Fund, which was launched with a $3 million challenge grant in 2009 to address long term preservation needs at our historic properties," Nold said last year.

The reopening event will take place on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the estate, located at 185 Lyman St. in Waltham.

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