Way Back When... 1967
The New Canaan Historical Society is hosting an art show and sale celebrating the 50th anniversary of the town’s purchase of the Lapham Lloyd estate.
According to the Waveny Park Conservancy, the park was originally a grand summer estate owned by Thomas Wells Hall from 1894 to 1904. The Carriage Barn and Powerhouse were built during this period. In 1904, Lewis Henry Lapham, above, a co-founder of the Texaco Oil Company, bought the property as a summer estate from Hall, renamed it Waveny, and expanded it from 280 acres to 450 acres.
Lapham tore down Hall’s house and had a new one built in 1912 by the renowned architect William B. Tubby, the Conservancy writes in their history. The landscape design for the property was by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
In 1967, Ruth Lapham Lloyd, who inherited the estate from her father and lived there full-time, entrusted the entire estate, including Waveny House, to the Town of New Canaan for $1,500,000. Today, the park consists of 300 acres (1.2 km2) of fields, ponds, and trails.
Experience drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture related to the park at the New Canaan Historical Society’s exhibit.. Featured artists include Afonsina Betancourt, Drew Klotz, Audrey Klotz, Mark Markiewicz, Marianne Rothballer, Jeanna Shepard, Torrance York and Dmitri Wright. Most of the art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.
The show runs through Dec. 22. E-mail email@example.com or call 203-966-1776 with inquiries.