"The orangery dates back to the Baroque construction and design phase of the palace complex, which was commissioned by Count Bertram von Nesselrode-Reichenstein in 1725. The park was used as a greenhouse by exotic ornate plants - especially orange trees also splendid parties and casino evenings were celebrated here.
The approximately 170-meter-long gap between the castle and the orangery was adorned with a ground floor richly decorated with plants and flowers - instead of the present-day daffodil meadow.
At 35 meters long, 10 meters wide and 8.50 meters high, it is one of the largest orangeries in the region, adorned by a roof balustrade made of Baumberger sandstone with 12 almost life-size figures from Greek mythology. These figures were made by the famous Münster sculptor Johann Mauritz Gröninger - originally for the exhibition in the baroque garden.
The figures were secured and examined in the mid-70s. It turned out that they were castings and not the original figures. They were packed by the LWL in boxes, brought to the European Monastery Museum Dalheim and stored there. "
May 22, 2018
"The disintegration of the orangery began in the early 1920s, with a lack of building maintenance and heavy subsidence from the 1930s accelerating the natural decay of the building, which attracted some 150,000 DM to the Orangerie in 1974. But this money was only enough for the rehabilitation of the south wall and a new concrete floor slab Due to a lack of possibilities for use, the refurbishment measures were stopped without further ado.
From the former glory of the building is today only a ruin available.
The decision-making basis for the further handling of the orangery was a feasibility study, which not only outlines the prospects of a security, but also the possibility of rebuilding it. The aid organization Orangerie Herten e.V., founded in 2006, is committed to the restoration.
The primary, short-term goal is to secure the current stock of the listed building. These measures were implemented from the funds of the urban development of the state of NRW in the period from March to June 2010. "Source: herten.de/kultur-und-freizeit/sehenswuerdigkeiten/schloss-schlosspark/schlosspark-herten/orangerie .html
May 22, 2018
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