Harkness Memorial State Park

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Eolia--Harkness Estate
HarknessAerial.jpg
Kite aerial photo over the Harkness mansion
Harkness Memorial State Park is located in Connecticut
Harkness Memorial State Park
Location Great Neck Rd., Waterford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°18′17″N 72°6′47″W / 41.30472°N 72.11306°W / 41.30472; -72.11306Coordinates: 41°18′17″N 72°6′47″W / 41.30472°N 72.11306°W / 41.30472; -72.11306
Area 220 acres (89 ha)
Built 1907
Architect Lord & Hewlett; et al.
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Second Renaissance Revival
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 86003331[1]
Added to NRHP November 20, 1986

Harkness Memorial State Park (230 acres) is a Connecticut state park and botanical garden located in Waterford, Connecticut, on the Long Island Sound. The park comprises a 42-room mansion, designed by the New York architectural firm of Lord & Hewlett, with a surrounding area containing Italian, Oriental, and Cutting gardens and greenhouses.

History[edit]

The park was formerly Eolia, the estate of Edward Harkness, heir to a fortune initiated by his father Stephen V. Harkness's substantial investments in John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil, who purchased the mansion in 1907. From 1918 to 1929, extensive improvements were made by landscape designer Beatrix Jones Farrand. Eolia was left to Connecticut in 1950 and became part of the State Park system in 1952.

As Eolia—Harkness Estate, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The 220-acre (0.89 km2) district that was listed included 15 contributing buildings and two other contributing structures.[1]

During the 1990s, an extensive restoration of the Harkness Estate and grounds was undertaken, supported by the State of Connecticut. The lead restoration architect for this project was British architect Roger Clarke (architect) of Canton, Connecticut, with contributions by British architect Peter Clarke and consultant on historic gardens Rob Camp Fuoco. At the start of the restoration, the "bones" of the gardens and rudimentary shrubs and perennials were looked at and installed. During the following ten years, a dedicated group of volunteers, the Friends of Harkness, and competent park supervisors and staff have refined the gardens and brought them forward to their current beauty and historic relevance.

Camp Harkness[edit]

Friends of Harkness[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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