Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

About Us

Preserving, protecting and promoting the historic buildings, sites, structures and landscapes that contribute to the heritage, economy and vitality of Connecticut communities.

Staff Directory

Jane Montanaro, Co-Director, Preservation Services and Operations,

Wes Haynes, Co-Director of External Partnerships,

Christopher Wigren, Deputy Director,

Jordan Sorensen, Membership Manager,

Erin Marchitto, Communications and Advocacy Manager,

Renee Tribert, Project Manager: Making Places CT Mills Survey,

Contact our Circuit Riders:

Brad Schide: (860-463-0193),

Gregory Farmer: (203-464-7380),



Sara Bronin, Hartford

Vice Chairman

Richard Wies, Branford


Edith Pestana, Hartford


Edward Munster, Haddam

Assistant Treasurer

Garry Leonard, Madison

Gubernatorial Appointees

Edith Pestana, Hartford

Kristina Newman-Scott, Hartford

Additional Members of the
Board of Trustees

Mary Catherine Curran, Hartford

Bob Faesy, Wilton

Lynn Friedman, Woodbury

Jeremy Frost, Southport

Edward Gerber, Westport

Ellen Gould, Southport

Henry Griggs, Madison

Garrett Heher, Centerbrook

Charles Janson, Darien

Erica Popick Kevrekian, West Hartford

Leslie King, Hamden

Jeffry Muthersbaugh, Haddam

Matthew Peterson, Guilford

George Schoellkopf, Washington

Caroline Sloat, Thompson

Myron Stachiw, Woodstock

Elaine Stiles, Old Lyme

Peter Stockman, Killingworth

Gregory Waterman, Wethersfield

Anna Weber, New Haven

Office Building

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as an Official Project of the Save America's Treasures Program, the Eli Whitney Boarding House at 940 Whitney Avenue, Hamden has served as the Connecticut Trust's headquarters since 1989.

Built in 1827 the Boarding House is the only surviving residential structure of the industrial village that centered on Eli Whitney's Armory along the Mill River. It was here that Whitney made rifles for the United States Government in the early 19th century and worked to develop the concept of interchangeable parts. Remaining structures from the village include an early storehouse, Whitney's barn and the Boarding House. A later industrial building across Whitney Avenue currently houses the Eli Whitney Museum, which is dedicated to presenting and interpreting the inventive genius of Eli Whitney.

The Boarding House was designed exclusively for workers and was one of the first generation of industrial workers' housing in the state. The larger spaces on the ground floor, which were originally the kitchen and schoolroom, provide meeting space and library shelves. The smaller former bedrooms on the second floor afford ideal office space.

When the Trust acquired the building in 1989 it had been covered with synthetic siding and had lost most of its original sash. After a careful restoration, the Trust moved in.

The latest restoration push for the Eli Whitney Boardinghouse has been two-fold: First, starting in the fall of 2008, R.J. Aley has restored and weatherized all of the buildings windows. Not only has this increased the buildings energy efficiency, but this process retained all of the historic fabric of the windows, proving yet again that restoration of historic windows rather than replacement is a viable and favorable option. Secondly, in spring 2009 the Trust received a grant from the Commission on Culture and Tourism for $24,800.00 to restore the exterior of the building. The project includes surface restoration, clapboard repair, paint and storm windows.