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Manson-Bluestein House, Circa 1876, Darien

This house was built for Andrew Manson. It was purchased by the Johnston family in the 1920s and later passed to Florence Johnston and her husband Jack Bluestein. David Bluestein has owned it for many years.

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

 

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Central Hallway Cottage, Circa 1875, Darien

 

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Whiteside-Green House, 1870s, Darien

This house has been identified as the Samuel Randolph Dean House, but after communication with the present owner I now believe this to be incorrect, it is thought to have been built by Dean Whiteside. Andrew Green was a later owner. It is one of several historic Georgian Cottages built in Darien in the decade following the Civil War.  Differing sources date the house as early as 1870 and as late as the late 1870s.

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Placces

 

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Georgian Cottage, Circa 1870, Darien

The Georgian Cottage is not the most prolific but perhaps the most iconic house type among Darien’s oldest surviving post-Civil War structures. Oral tradition suggests that this was one of the first built  after the war, which would corroborate the circa 1870 date most commonly cited. [Though lumber mills were rebuilt soon after the Civil War, it was a few years before residential construction commenced]. I’ve been unable to locate any information about the builder, but thanks to the present owners, Noel Gieleghem & Brandon Tyson, I’ve been able to fill in a few of the missing pieces. Noel notes: We are sadly ill-informed about the history of the house. [Mary Sue Rogers, who lived in the house as a little girl, shared some of the information with Noel. Her father was Conrad Rogers]. We believe it was built in 1870…The Florida room on the south side was added by Conrad Rogers in the late 1940s. It had a flat roof but we put on a pitched roof to match the other part of the house. A kitchen and back bathroom were also added at some point. There was just a stoop on the front when we bought the house and we added a front porch. Mary Sue confirmed that there was indeed a front porch on the house originally, similar to the one we re-added. The Robert Bennett family were later owners. 

Noel & Brandon have tastefully renovated the house and their beautifully landscaped yard is a highlight of the neighborhood.

 

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Jim Stebbins House, Circa 1885, Darien

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Charlie Stebbins House, Circa 1935, Darien

This 20th century Colonial Revival landmark on Vernon Square is now Darien’s sweetest address. It’s been home since 2010 to Dale & Charlie Potts’s Sugar Marsh Cottage. My favorites are their shortbread coquiles and their artisanal seashore chocolates. Check them out when you’re in Darien or order online.

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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St. Andrew’s Church Rectory, Circa 1880, Darien

Sources I consulted vary as to the date of construction, but this house has always served as the rectory for the adjacent St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Most references suggest it was built a year after the church [1880].

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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