Friday, May 19, 2017

Naugatuck Station


Slide-Talk this Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM
sponsored by the Naugatuck Historical Society
http://www.naugatuckhistory.org/new-events/

Finding Brass Valley

A Place in Time that Has Almost Vanished




PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: Naugatuck’s city center is one of the jewels inspired by the City Beautiful movement which promised an orderly architecture would promote the moral rectitude needed for civil society. It became popular with the Columbian Exposition of 1893, called “White City” for its gleaming, white Beaux Arts pavilions, plazas, and fountains. Designed by the greatest architects of the age, it was a model of what a city should be and a reaction to what cities were becoming in the rush to build tenements and housing for waves of new immigrant labor. 

In Naugatuck, they remember John H. Whittemore as the leading force in creating the elegant McKim, Mead & White town center. Because Naugatuck is so small, the force of the City Beautiful movement is concentrated there achieving gracious grandeur as it organizes city life, and it survives intact today.

John Whittemore was still at it up to the end of his life. In 1907, the year before he died, Whittemore commissioned Henry Bacon, who would go on to design the Lincoln Memorial, to replace the old station with something worthy that might elevate those who rode the railroad. Today it’s quaint and empty, awaiting new life as a restaurant, replaced by a platform down the track with an awning and low maintenance.



2 comments:

Ginnie said...

Hopefully this slide-talk came and went to your satisfaction, Ted. One day my joy will be to sit through one. Surely you've arranged that for October?

Emery Roth II said...

I have a tiny one set for October, but if it should fall through, I can give you a private showing.