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Friday, October 21, 2016

SOLD: 2 Greenwich Avenue, Isaac Lewis Mead Building

Image Credit: Greenwich Free Press. 

Greenwich's local media news sources reported that a number of historic buildings at the top of Greenwich Avenue were sold. In total, the properties sold for almost $19 million. 

One of the most iconic of the properties that changed hands is pictured above, the Isaac Lewis Mead Building at 2 Greenwich Avenue. 

Go to this link to learn more about Isaac Lewis Mead. 

For Sale: "The Boulders" at 432 Field Point Road, Greenwich

Photo Credit: Halstead Property

The house known as The Boulders at 432 Field Point Road in the Belle Haven section of Greenwich is for sale. The property is listed with Halstead Property. Click this link to see the listing.

The house is a designated landmark with the Greenwich Historical Society. 

Nelson B. Mead (1860-1929) is said to be the origin owner. He was the elder son of Augustus and Elizabeth L. (Mead) Mead. Nelson married Anna R. Mead in 1881. Among his many talents and positions in town were real estate developer, comptroller of the Town of Greenwich, representative in the Connecticut State Legislature, president of the Greenwich Library Association and president of the Van Arsdale Boot & Shoe Company.

We received this from Greenwich Historical Society Archivist Christopher Shields. (Greenwich Time: Spring Edition, 2012, Page 21): 

And this:

See this link for 465 Field Point Road.

See this link for 31 Bush Avenue. And this link

Below are a sampling of photos from the Halstead Property listing. Enjoy! 

Wedding: Wright-Mead (1891)

Source: Greenwich Graphic: September 12, 1891.

The stately stone mansion of Mr. Solomon Mead on North St., was brilliantly illuminated on Tuesday evening. It was quite evident that an usual event was happening there. And electric light over the front door on the piazza made it not difficult for the large company of people who passed on to the grounds to see their way to be received and welcomed by the hosts.

A stranger passing by would have guessed that it was a wedding party, for the rustling of silk dresses and white costumes worn by the ladies who alighted from the carriages with the glimpse of flowers as seen through the front door was pretty good evidence of it. He would not have been mistaken in his conjecture. At 7 o'clock surrounded by their many friends, and standing under an archway of palms and exotics, Miss Emily J. Mead and Rev. B.M. Wright were married. The Rev. Washington Choate performed the ceremony.

The bridge was attired in a white corded silk dress, trimmed with ostrich feathers, en train, and she wore a white veil and carried a bouquet of white roses. The brides-maids were Miss Sarah Mead and Miss Addie Rundle, who were attired in white silk and carried pink roses. With them as friends of the groom were Mr. Stagg and Mr. Brown.

The house profusely decorated with flowers. After they had received the congratulations of the one hundred and sixty or more people who had witnessed the ceremony, and elaborate supper was served by Clark of New York and at 10 o'clock the bride and groom departed on a wedding trip to be gone about a month. Rev. Mr. Wright is pastor of a church in Kent, which will be their future home. They received over one hundred presents. 

Mead Parish House and Resident H. Sylvia A.H.G. Wilks

This is on display in the Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, Connecticut:

Obituary: Huldy Peck Mead (1891)

Source: Greenwich Graphic. August 22, 1891

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Greenwich Freemasons: Cleaning Gravestones

The Association is pleased to report that the Greenwich Freemasons have decided to take on a worthy project involving the preservation of gravestones.

The Freemasons are presently going around to the town's cemeteries and burying grounds and cleaning those gravestones of members from its history.

The latest historical Freemasons gravestone scheduled for a professional cleaning is Daniel Merritt Mead's. His is located in the New Burial Grounds Association Cemetery adjacent to the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich.