Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fenwick From the Sound



Fenwick is a borough of one of the oldest towns in Connecticut, Old Saybrook.  A summer colony since the late 19th century, it currently consists of 77 houses that sit on 238 acres at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Architecturally, it is known for its Shingle Style cottages.
Although they are generally large, comfortable houses, the cottages of Fenwick are not elaborate by turn-of-the-century standards. Part of the reason for the overall lack of ostentation is the nature of Fenwick itself. Since it was an almost private retreat, where everyone knew everyone else, it was hardly necessary to make social statements by means of architecture. 
- National Registry of Historic Places Registration Form <http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/95000437.pdf>



The Fenwick Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 which included 66 of the cottages and 195 acres.





















































Outer Light

Outer Light

7 comments:

  1. Methinks that the first picture with the most prominent guiding light being on the right is an effort to lead us, subliminally, in that direction in our lives. Just kidding. I enjoyed all the pictures but something about that first one. The inner light, the outer light, the sail, the distant land and the layered clouds with just enough blue sky to draw your attention make me want to be there. I think the picture is so good that I'd have to add breezes, scents and sounds to make the real thing better. Thanks for all those lovely sights.

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    1. Well said! This blog has some of the most wonderful photos. One can almost fall into them and feel one is there.

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  2. It reminds me of Old Black Point where my wife's family had a summer house on Francis Lane .
    The house was sold several years ago but the family still has a 3 acre building lot looking out at the sound .

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  3. Katharine Hepburn territory. I remember reading an article describing how her estate house, circa 1939, was renovated to create more light-filled rooms, circa 2005, while preserving the historical integrity. When I viewed the before and after photos, I was sadly disappointed. The kitchen, in particular, looked like it was anybody's modern kitchen as it had lost its distinction. I love how the architecture in Fenwick, from one house to the next, is complimentary and none are overly ostentatious no matter how enormous. Wonderful photos, thank you!

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    1. I agree JVK! That renovation of the KHH house was so disappointing. It still makes me sad when I think about it.

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    2. Agreed here too. It's amazing how much character that house lost in that reno. It became a generic "rich person's house."

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  4. The weathered shingles on homes by the sea such a wonderful look and feel. Each home has a wonderful view of the sand, sea and horizon. Beautiful photos. Are these homes considered historic and protected? We can only hope, as there is no accounting for taste! Susan

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