Sunday, September 7, 2014

Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Connecticut

"The Columns" (1840)

181 E. Putnam Ave.

Quartet Doric Columns
Francis Tomes was an Englishman who came to America to find his fortune importing hardware in New York City. By 1861 Tomes was successful enough to hire Calvert Vaux of Central Park fame and one of America’s most important early Victorian architects, to design his family home. Vaux delivered an eclectic French Second Empire creation with mansard roof, classical pediments, sculpture groups and balustrades. Vaux included an illustration of the house in his influential 1867 book, Villas and Cottages, calling it a “Wooden Villa with a Curved Roof.” After suffering financial reversals Tomes was forced to sell the estate to Andrew Foster Higgins, the principal in the Johnson-Higgins Marine Insurance firm, in 1877. The house remained in the Higgins family until 1963 when it was sold to the adjacent Christ Church for use as a rectory

Tomes-Higgins House (1867)

Colonial Revival 1916 YMCA

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