Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House In Historic West Haven – Part 2

  The war was still reverberating in 1946 when the former editor of Fortune magazine, Eric Hodgins, wrote the novel Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. There was a national housing shortage. The American dream of the returning G.I.'s included home ownership. The film correctly read the mood of those who wanted to move on to … Continue reading Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House In Historic West Haven – Part 2

The Historic District Gardens of Rocky Mount – A West Haven Poem

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.” Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education … Continue reading The Historic District Gardens of Rocky Mount – A West Haven Poem

Seeing the Beauty of Historic West Haven Through the Eyes of Its Architecture – Part 2

A Dry Stacked Stone Wall to Appreciate in Historic West Haven  (The walls) endure in part because a rock is as near a definition of "forever" as exists. Do it right — square, plumb, and well-tied throughout — and the wall will be standing long after you and I and all our other accomplishments and failings are … Continue reading Seeing the Beauty of Historic West Haven Through the Eyes of Its Architecture – Part 2

Seeing the Beauty of Historic District West Haven Through Its Architecture – Part 1

“A place without meaning is no place to be.” Wayne Gerard Trotman I experienced a glorious early spring day on March 9, 2017, while driving through the Historic District of West Haven. I knew the weather was a gift to relish because it would not last. Entering into a quiet world, free of traffic, it allowed me … Continue reading Seeing the Beauty of Historic District West Haven Through Its Architecture – Part 1