Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Norwich Victorians

These days southeastern Connecticut is struggling.

But, there was a time when Norwich was prosperous.  Entrepreneurs harnessed the energy of local rivers to power textile mills and other manufacturing plants.
While that was going on in the second half of the 1800s, the captains of industry built handsome homes to celebrate their wealth and good fortune.
Most of the grandest homes are still very well kept up, despite the departure of the engines of the region's former prosperity.


19 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

These are charming houses, I love the iron design of the fence, it's so artistic!
Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing!
Léia

Andy said...

These are quite the homes. Each one is so different from the other.

Tanya Breese said...

wow, they are so impressive. i love them all but i think my favorite is 2nd from the bottom, so different!

Kate said...

Captains of industry certainly did not cut corners when it came to personal lifestyle. Very elegant homes.

Luis Gomez said...

Truly gorgeous Jack!

JM said...

Great set of wonderful houses. My favourite is the one in the middle (smaller pics).

Pam said...

That second one is really unique, I was just thinking the other day that the architecture from the 1800's out here in the midwest is starting to have a "sameness" for me, glad to know that when I get east things will look a little different!

Sharon said...

Wow, these are some grand homes. It reminds me of my home town Quincy Illinois. There are so many grand old homes there that were built by the early industrial pioneers and once again it was a river that helped make them prosperous.

Sharon said...

I forgot to mention that my favorite one is the 3rd one. It's so unusual.

Sylvia K said...

Grand and beautiful homes!! My favorite is the 2nd one, but actually I really love them all! Wonderful captures as always! And you always have such great composition!!

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful buildings!

Lynette said...

Magnificent photos of these well-cared for memories of the past. Thanks for these photos, Jack.

VP said...

I like the variety of design of these magnificent homes. Glad someone is able to keep the in such a beautiful state!

Kay said...

No cutting corners on these manses, eh?

I read today that captains of industry are currently making 277% more than the median of their workers - compared to 20% more in 1965. I wonder if this may have anything to do with local prosperity here and there...

William Kendall said...

That third one captures my attention most in these pics, Jack!

Ed said...

Very nice pictures, Jack. I had read that shortly before the start of the Civil War, Norwich had the highest concentration of millionaires in the world. These houses are a testament to that wealth. By the way..... you're getting into my "neck of the woods"!! :) You're always welcome in SE Connecticut.

Michelle said...

Ahhhhhh...I love a good Victorian!

Bob Crowe said...

The black iron fence and the building in the second picture remind me of Stephen King's house in Bangor. We have a few streets with the 19 C. barons' homes. Today's McMansions can't compare.

Randy said...

Amazing looking homes.