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July 2020

Tour: Four Notable Norfolk Houses

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

This video tour compares and contrasts the exterior architecture of four notable Norfolk houses: The Joseph Battell House (aka Whitehouse), Knolly Brook, Beechwood Cottage and Tea and Cozy Cottage. The four represent different periods in Norfolk's history and demonstrate the changing visions of fashionable design. Tour leader Tom McGowan offers a glimpse of several other historic buildings along the way.

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The Norfolk Library, Gilded or Golden?

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

This virtual tour sets the background for the design of the Norfolk Library…a product of the late 19th century’s Golden Age of architecture. Author and narrator Ann Havemeyer is library director and curator of the Norfolk Historical Society.

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February 2021

Architectural Tour of Norfolk

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

If there were a competition for the most architecturally distinguished small U.S. town of 2,000 people or fewer, Norfolk, Conn., might win it. It is the only town of that size with landmark buildings designed by eight nationally-significant architects, all within a short walk of the town green, as well as many other distinguished buildings scattered throughout. If you want to see why architecture matters, take this virtual tour or, even better, plan on visiting Norfolk in person. William Hosley,…

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Historic House Tour: The Alders

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

The Alders is one of Norfolk’s grandest estates. Built in 1898 to a design by Ehrick Rossiter, who also designed the Yale Norfolk Music Shed and the tower on Haystack Mountain, the Alders features stunning architectural details including intricate cherry woodwork, majestic Moorish arches, 20 stained glass windows, unique tile and wood fireplace mantels and many more period details. Take a virtual tour of this grand estate and learn about Charles Spofford, the wealthy New Yorker who commissioned Rossiter to…

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