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Connecticut Architecture
Stories of 100 Places
Christopher Wigren,

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Preface
• Map of the 100 Places
• OVERVIEW: CONNECTICUT AND ITS PLACES
• Looking at Architecture
• The Land
• History
• PART ONE: SHAPING THE LANDSCAPE
• The First Builders: Mohegan Hill, Uncasville
• Colonial Framework: Main Street, South Windsor
• Garden by the Sea: Eolia (Harkness Memorial State Park), Waterford
• Reshaping the Landscape: Rocky River Hydroelectric Station, New Milford

Modernism in the Garden: The Glass House, New Canaan
• Landscape on a Grand Scale: Saville Dam and Barkhamsted Reservoir, Barkhamsted
• The Roar of the Landscape: Lime Rock Park, Salisbury
• Architecture for the Environment: Kroon Hall, Yale University, New Haven
• PART TWO: MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES
• Wood for Stone: New London County Courthouse, New London
• Something Old, Something New: Noroton Presbyterian Church, Darien
• Connecticut Stone: Portland Brownstone Quarries, Portland
• Engineering Beauty: Lover’s Leap Bridge, New Milford
• Buildings from the Assembly Line: Winslow Ames and Steel Houses, New London
• Inside the Sapphire: First Presbyterian Church, Stamford
• PART THREE: WHERE WE LIVE
• For the Middling Sort: Benjamin Hall Jr. House, Guilford
• Temple Mania: Samuel Russell and William Trench Houses, Middletown
• Artistic Design: Mark Twain House, Hartford
• Behind the Scenes: Wallace T. Fenn House, Wethersfield
• Local Specialty: Perfect Sixes, Hartford
• Art versus the Machine: Nathaniel R. Bronson House, Middlebury
• Comfortable Houses: Beaver Hills, New Haven
• From Cape Cod to Connecticut: Axel Nelson House, Waterford
• Redesigning the Suburbs: Heritage Village, Southbury
• PART FOUR: WORKING THE LAND
• The Business of Farming: Thomas Catlin Jr. Farm, Litchfield
• Modest Farm: Cyrus Wilson Farm, Harwinton
• The Rhythm of the Seasons: Tobacco Farms, Windsor
• Agricultural Showplace: Hilltop Farm, Suffield
• Connecticut Catskills: Orchard Mansion, Moodus
• Scientific Farming: Wengloski Poultry House, Lebanon
• PART FIVE: MEANS OF PRODUCTION
• Industrial Beginnings: Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill, Ledyard
• The Company Town: Collinsville
• Iron Making: Beckley Furnace, North Canaan
• Industrial Structure and Aesthetics: Hockanum Mill, Rockville
• The Power of Water: Ousatonic Dam, Derby and Shelton
• Industrial Specialization: Clark Brothers Factory, Southington
• Industrial Campanile: Remington Shot Tower, Bridgeport
• Industry in the Suburbs: Medway Business Park, Meriden and Wallingford
• Corporate Pride: Union Carbide Headquarters, Danbury
• PART SIX: TOWNSCAPES AND CITYSCAPES
• The Ideal Village: Colebrook Center
• Civic Embellishment: New Haven Green
• Greater Than Its Parts: Downtown Norwich
• Under the Mill Towers: North Grosvenordale
• Consumer Culture: The Arcade, Bridgeport
• Unnecessary Excellence: Seaside Village, Bridgeport
• Fantasy Palace: Warner Theatre, Torrington
• Renewing the City: Constitution Plaza and the Phoenix Building, Hartford
• New Urbanism: Blue Back Square, West Hartford
• Suburban Chinatown: Montville
• PART SEVEN: FROM PLACE TO PLACE
• Lights along the Shore: Harbor and Ledge Lighthouses, New London
• Architecture Travels New Roads: Two Houses, Thompson Hill
• Canal Engineering: Enfield Falls Canal, Windsor Locks and Suffield
• River Traffic: Steamboat Dock, Essex
• Gateway to the City: Union Station, New London
• To Enjoy as We Go: The Merritt Parkway
• Highway Culture: The Berlin Turnpike, Berlin and Newington
• PART EIGHT: BODY, MIND, AND SOUL
• Puritan Finery: First Church of Christ, Wethersfield
• Schools for All: Little Red School, Winchester
• The Big House: Middletown Alms House, Middletown
• Meetinghouse to Church: Warren Congregational Church, Warren
• Memory and Antiquity: Groton Battle Monument, Groton
• Church in Society: Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Complex, Baltic
• Therapeutic Landscape: The Institute of Living, Hartford
• Holy Retreat: Plainville Campground, Plainville
• Model School: Locust Avenue School, Danbury
• Built for Healing: The Seaside, Waterford
• Aging Revolutionary: Ansonia High School
• Comfort for the Dying: Connecticut Hospice, Branford
• PART NINE: DESIGNERS, BUILDERS, AND CLIENTS
• Master Builder: Epaphroditus Champion House, East Haddam
• From the Inside Out: Phelps-Hatheway House, Suffield
• Architecture from Books: Willis Bristol House, New Haven
• Under the Radar: Walter Bunce House, Manchester
• Homes for the People: Barnum-Sherwood Development, Bridgeport
• Handmade: Avon Old Farms School, Avon
• When Is a Copy More Than a Copy? Yale Divinity School, New Haven
• Onion Dome in the Countryside: Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Ashford
• Your Taxes at Work: People’s State Forest Museum, Barkhamsted
• The Business of Houses: Broadview Lane, Warehouse Point, East Windsor
• Modernist Patronage: Torin Company Buildings, Torrington
• PART TEN: COLONIAL AND COLONIAL REVIVAL
• English Beginnings: Buttolph-Williams House, Wethersfield
• The Connecticut House: Deacon Adams House, New Hartford
• Our Own History: Horace Bushnell Congregational Church, Hartford
• Inventing Restoration: Hyland House, Guilford
• American Style: Waterbury City Hall, Waterbury
• Townwide Makeover: Litchfield
• The Last Vernacular: Houses by Alice Washburn, Hamden
• Back to History: Salisbury Town Hall, Salisbury
• PART ELEVEN: MEANING AND MESSAGE
• Connecticut Valley Baroque: Ebenezer Grant House, South Windsor
• Republican Simplicity: Old State House, Hartford
• Federal Presence: United States Custom House, New London
• One Style, Two Messages: Two Houses in Plainfield
• The Architecture of Citizenship: Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
• American Renaissance: James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford
• Immigrant Success: Villa Friuli, Torrington
• Native American Renaissance: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket
• PART TWELVE: TRANSFORMATIONS
• How Buildings Learn: Taintor House, Hampton
• City Beautiful: Downtown Naugatuck
• Change and Similarity: Canaan Institutional Baptist Church, Norwalk
• Hazardous Duty: Wilcox, Crittenden & Company Factory, Middletown
• Model City: Dixwell Plaza, New Haven
• New Life for Old Buildings: Cheney Yarn Dye House, Manchester
• Afterword
• Architectural Glossary
• Index

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