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The large granite mansion that lawyer, clergyman, and historian, the Rev. Dr. Francis Lister Hawks built in the late-1850s was first known as “Hawk’s Nest,” reflecting the name of its owner, local wildlife, and commanding location high on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound and the surrounding salt marsh, woods, farmland, and burgeoning village of Greenwich.
In 1858, the imposing private residence was purchased by wealthy merchant Robert Moffat Bruce, who, a half century later, deeded the property to the Town of Greenwich, stipulating that it be used as a “…museum for the use and benefit of the public.” In so doing, he also lent his name to what would become an enduring Greenwich cultural landmark, the Bruce Museum, established in 1912.
This virtual exhibition, "House on the Hill: The Changing Face of the Bruce Museum," explores how the views of the Bruce Museum have transformed over time. Numerous historical images show the evolution of the structure from mansion to modern museum highlighting the intersections of art and science.
Some of these changes have been subtle, some have been profound. In the 1950s, the Museum was threatened by the planned route of the Connecticut Thruway (now incorporated into Interstate 95). The state compensated Greenwich for the lost parkland, and funds were used to construct a major addition to the Museum, which was unveiled in 1958.
The building was modified again in 1992-93, a renovation and expansion that allowed it to keep pace with both its foundational role in the community and museum standards of the day.
Helping tell the story of the Bruce Museum’s architectural history are quotes and citations from founding staff, community leaders, and visitors both young and old over the generations.
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This event is free of charge.
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