Landmarks Recognition Program Celebrates Architectural Treasures
Greenwich Historical Society’s Landmark Recognition Program, an annual initiative that recognizes historic properties for their design excellence and value in preserving Greenwich’s unique architectural heritage, will present plaques to four properties at a reception on Sunday, April 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Rd.
Joseph Pell Lombardi, one of the first architects to specialize exclusively in restoration, preservation, adaptive use and contextual new buildings, will trace 50 years of his firm’s worldwide historic preservation efforts in his keynote address: Cabins, Houses, Lofts, Skyscrapers & Castles.
Preservation Leadership Awards will be presented to Martin and Anna Waters and the Greenwich Point Conservancy for the restoration and adaptive use of the Feake-Ferris House, noted as the oldest house in Greenwich and one of the oldest in America. These awards are part of a related program which recognizes projects of historical and/or architectural significance that demonstrate the aesthetic, cultural or economic benefits of preservation.
Champagne reception precedes formal program. Tickets are $75 per person, $250 for patron level, $500 for benefactor level.
More Information about the Properties Receiving Plaques
Greenwich Town Hall (1925)
This stately Georgian Revival style structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by the renowned architectural firm Guilbert & Betelle to be Greenwich’s second high school and served that purpose until 1970. In 1979 it become Greenwich’s Town Hall following a remodeling. It is classically proportioned with a central pavilion, Iconic-columned portico and tall slim cupola. Guilbert & Betelle also designed the building that once housed the Glenville School and is now the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center.
World War I Memorial (1927)
Designed to recognize soldiers from Greenwich who served in WW I, this dignified monument was designed by noted architect and painter Charles A. Platt, who was President of the American Academy of Arts in Rome and a fellow of many societies. The imposing 41 foot triangular granite shaft was designed to correspond to the triangular park in front of the former post office, now Restoration Hardware, where the monument is situated.
Paul Schwarz House (1903)
An excellent example of the Early Tudor style, with its tower and recessed entry porch, this property’s first owner was Paul Schwarz, a prominent cotton broker. It was designed by architects Henry C. Pelton, who was also responsible for the design of Riverside Church in Manhattan, and William Neil Smith, who designed many public buildings in upstate New York.
Arthur & Ida Rinke House (1928)
Built in the classic Tudor style popular in the 1920s, the property was the home of Arthur and Ida Rinke. A noted corporate tax lawyer, Arthur Rinke and his wife were actively involved in Old Greenwich’s First Congregational Church. The property was built by Joseph T. Weir who also constructed the Edgewood Inn in Greenwich.