Photo Archivist's Selection of the Month: January 2003
Three Wardwell Homes
on Elm Street
We have photos of three Victorian homes on Elm Street.
One, at 566 Elm Street, is in the Italianate style, built around 1860 by
Isaac Wardwell. It is now the rectory of St. Mary's
Roman Catholic Church.
After it was purchased from the Wardwell Estate in 1915, it was moved about
one hundred feet South.
There was a house owned by Isaac's son Dr.
which was located at 484 Elm Street and which was designed by himself.
The only other information we have is a photo in the book Picturesque
The house owned by another son, Dr. Franklin Wardwell, was
at 585 Elm, across the street.
Originally built around 1850 by Silas Scofield, it was designed in the
It is this
house and property of which there are a number of interesting photos,
The house was torn down in 1957, and part or all
a shopping center.
The Isaac Wardwell Home at
566 Elm Street
is a notable and well preserved Italianate villa. A full description of
the house, now the Rectory
of St. Mary's, can be found in the Marcus
Research Library, in the Historic Resources Inventory put together in
1977 by the Stamford Community Development Program under Renee Kahn. Isaac
died at the age of 90 in May of 1905.
These are early photos, the one at right below is shown in "Picturesque Stamford," published 1892
A good view of the house from the Franklin Wardwell Home. The child in the photo is Franklin's daughter Helen.
The Claison Wardwell Home
at 484 Elm Street
from Picturesque Stamford 1892
Franklin Wardwell Home at 585 Elm Street - “Stone Haven”
A moldy box, containing mostly
glass plate negatives, was discovered and rescued years ago from the basement
of the Hoyt
Barnum House by Lois Dater and Ron Marcus, before the Society had moved
to High Ridge Road. We are extremely lucky to have these photos, the more
shots: We do not have too many of those in our collection. From their
professional look, it seems that Dr. Wardwell, a dentist with a practice
in New York
City, might have commissioned these photos. As mentioned above, the site, or
part of it, is now a shopping center.
|Winter scenes 1900. At right, the play house
can be seen in the background.
The Franklin Wardwell Family in 1900
Probably Bradford Wardwell, son of Dr. Claison Wardwell.
Street railroad tracks can be seen.
|The play house.
Photos © Stamford Historical Society
Gracious Living in Stamford, a 2004 Exhibit
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