Ivoryton: The Architecture of a Company Town

October 15th, 2009

On October 15th at 7:30 pm two members of Centerbrook’s extended family, Bill Grover and Trip Wyeth, will give a lecture on the architectural history of the village of Ivoryton, Connecticut. In the 19th and early 20th century, Ivoryton was the industrial core of the town of Essex, getting its name from the ivory imported to make everything from hairpieces and combs to pianos. At the time, Ivoryton was the quintessential company town, with Comstock Cheney & Company building for its workers housing, schools, a rooming house, church, library, and theater. Today, many examples of fine Victorian architecture remain, including homes built by company executives, the library, and the Ivoryton Playhouse, which is a destination for theatergoers. Bill and Trip will describe Ivoryton’s growth as a company town and some of the buildings that give the village its unique character and sense of place.

Thursday, October 15th
7:30 p.m.
Ivoryton Congregational Church