The Beach House

View of Dr. Charles C. Beach House, southwest corner; Source: State Historic Resource Inventory.
Historic/Common Name:
Dr. Charles C. Beach House
Address:
507 Bolton Road
Town:
Vernon »
Year:
1915
Notes on Establishment:
Approved by CCT on 12/6/2000, Established on 4/17/2001
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Vernon Historic Properties Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

This Colonial Revival country house features an L-shaped plan with its primary ridge parallel to the street facade. Two large stone chimneys penetrate the ridge, one at the south end and the other to the north of the entrance. The house sits on a terrace below the line of the roof giving prominence to its roof, with its boxed cornice resting on a classical frieze. The entry portico features round Doric columns and pilasters supporting a frieze and cornice with large modillioned brackets. At the rear of the house, a covered terrace (recently enclosed) features paired, round Doric columns at the corners with four individual columns along its length. Its location at the rear of the house reflects the integration of the outdoors with the indoors inherent in country houses. The house exemplifies early-twentieth century country homes and provides a well-maintained record of the late work of its architect, Edward T. Hapgood. The Beach house was used as a summer home until after the Second World War when Dr. and Mrs. Beach's son[2]

Significance of the property:

The Beach House stands today as a reminder of a time when affluent city-dwellers sough out places in the Connecticut hills to build summer houses where they could escape for a time the congestion of rapidly growing American cities. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

Residential, Rural, Scattered buildings visible from the site: Rural character with the ridge line parallel to the road. View to the park at the rear side and few neighboring houses from the site. [SR]

Features:
House with garden and other landscape features (pool, winterized cottage)
Historic Use:
Summer House
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Colonial Revival
Era:
20th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Burke Carroll N
Sources:

[1] Property information retrieved from the town of Fairfield website http://www.vernon-ct.gov/.
[2]Report of the Vernon Historic Properties Study Committee, 2000, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessor and GIS information retrieved from the website http://gis.vernon-ct.gov/newviewer/.
[3] Additional information retrieved from Historic barns of Connecticut, http://www.connecticutbarns.org/9153.
[SR]Thrall Farm, Historic Resource Inventory, Attached with the Study Committee report, SHPO Library, Hartford.

Map:

Map of the local historic property retrieved from Vernon Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 2000, SHPO Library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
11/15/2011
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation