Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St, Litchfield, Connecticut
Oliver Wolcott House, South Street / Doncram
According to the Oliver Wolcott Library website:
The Oliver Wolcott Jr. House was built by Elijah Wadsworth in 1799. Elijah Wadsworth sold the estate to Frederick Wolcott in 1800. Oliver Wolcott, Jr. acquired the house in 1814 and enlarged it considerably in 1817. Mrs. Oliver Wolcott (Elizabeth Stoughton) was known for being a gracious hostess and the fame of her parties reached as far as Washington, D.C. and England. Parties were frequently held in the ballroom on the second floor. It is said that President George Washington danced his last minuet in Litchfield in that ballroom. The ballroom was restored by the Society of Colonial Wars and can be viewed upon request.
American architect and designer, Eliot Noyes studied at Harvard University receiving his master's degree in architecture in 1938. From 1939 to 1946, he served as the Director of the Department of Industrial Design at MOMA in New York and then founded his own architectural and industrial design practice in 1947. He favored open spaces and clear geometry. His use of modern design combined with the historic nature of the 1799 House remains a testimony to his gift of architectural design.
Updated July 2, 2018