Originally the mid-18th century gazebo sat in the grounds of Palmer House in Great Torrington; a house with links to Sir Joshua Reynolds and Dr Samuel Johnson. The Grade ll Listed building was in a ruinous state and for some time there had been concerns that it should be saved.
Working with the RHS Garden Rosemore in Great Torrington, it was agreed that the gazebo should be reconstructed and positioned in the South Arboretum, making it available for the public to view. In 2001 the gazebo received the Civic Trust Awards.
The Role of DHBT – Buy and Sell
The DHBT may pull together a team to save a premises by taking out an option to purchase, to find a long term sustainable user and then restore or upgrade the building using available historic buildings grants.