Preserving, protecting and promoting the historic buildings, sites, structures and landscapes that contribute to the heritage, economy and vitality of Connecticut communities.
Jane Montanaro, Co-Director, Preservation Services and Operations, email@example.com
Wes Haynes, Co-Director of External Partnerships, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Wigren, Deputy Director, email@example.com
Jordan Sorensen, Membership Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Marchitto, Communications and Advocacy Manager, email@example.com
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Contact our Circuit Riders:
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Gregory Farmer: (203-464-7380), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Bronin, Hartford
Richard Wies, Branford
Edith Pestana, Hartford
Edward Munster, Haddam
Garry Leonard, Madison
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
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.