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I am continuing to share photos from my walk around Waterbury. I was able to find some references to most of the buildings I’m featuring today. For the most part, I’ve added that information to the captions. There are three buildings where the information is a bit too much for a caption, so I’ve shared that below. The buildings are easy to recognize and are found in the gallery, along with some older views of them from the National Registry of Historic Places nomination form.
Waterbury’s population continued to grow until it incorporated in 1853. By 1860 its population had doubled to over 10,000. The area still known as Exchange Place, at the junction of the main east-west and north-south routes of the city, became the central business hub of the city.
Industrial buildings located in that core area but began moving to larger spaces further away from it as the city expanded and grew with them. Apothecaries’ Hall, a seven-story flatiron-shaped building constructed of marble, granite and Roman brick, built in 1894, has remained the focal point of Exchange Place. The building was recently gutted and repurposed as luxury apartments.
One photo that I kept out of my first walk around The Waterbury Green is a single-family house at 199 West Main St. I figured there had to be a story to go with this house. I found it, on Wikipedia, and rather than paraphrase that article, I’m including an excerpt here:
The John Kendrick House is located on West Main Street in Waterbury, Connecticut, United States. It is a brick Tuscan villa house in the Italianate architectural style built in the 1860s, one of the last remaining on Waterbury Green from that period, after which many of the older houses were replaced with commercial buildings. In 1982 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places individually, after having been included as a contributing property when the Downtown Waterbury Historic District was created a few years earlier.
It was built by Green Kendrick, an early industrialist, for his son John Kendrick, a lawyer who later served as a judge and a mayor of Waterbury…In the early 20th century Green’s son donated it to the local historical society. It was later used to house the Mattatuck Museum in its early years and is still owned by the museum.
The last structure I will talk about here, is the restaurant on the east end of the green, “The Brass Horse.” I knew this restaurant well, but when I was a somewhat regular patron, it was more aptly named, “Across from the Horse.” Between 1982 and 1988, I managed several consulting engagements for the firms of Peat Marwick Mitchell and Coopers & Lybrand (now KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Across from the Horse was a favorite place to enjoy a business lunch, or a drink and some conversation after work. The bar had only recently opened when we first discovered it. Sadly, it closed in 2008. High rents and various economic struggles plagued the restaurant. New owners changed the name and reopened several times, but it’s now listed as being permanently closed.
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