Arts & Crafts Architecture in Torrington June 6

The Torrington Historical Society is pleased to host a presentation about noted architect E.G.W. Dietrich on Wednesday, June 6th . Architect E.G.W. Dietrich: Bringing the Arts and Crafts Style to Torrington will be presented by Dietrich scholar, Christopher Jend, and will feature information about Dietrich and his design for the Luther Turner House in Torrington, one of the city’s most prominent historic homes. This presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Torrington Historical Society Carriage House Gallery, 192 Main Street, Torrington. The program, free to the public, is sponsored by the Torrington Chapter of UNICO National.

Architect E. G. W. Dietrich (1857-1924) was a native of Pittsburgh, PA and came to prominence in the 1880’s for his eye-catching designs of shingle style country residences. Finding success on the East coast, he relocated to New York City where he would practice for nearly forty years. He was an early proponent of the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts styles. Through his collaboration with furniture designer Gustav Stickley, Dietrich is recognized as designing the first “Craftsman” house published in Stickley’s Craftsman Magazine in May 1903.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Dietrich was hired to design a house for Luther G. Turner (1845-1924), one of Torrington’s most prominent citizens. Turner made his career with one of Torrington’s largest industries, the Turner & Seymour Manufacturing Company, eventually serving as President of the firm prior to his retirement in 1915. The house, built circa 1904 and located on a prominent lot at the corner of Migeon Avenue and Gleason Street, went through several design iterations. Coinciding with Dietrich’s design of the first “Craftsman” house, the Turner residence is an outstanding example of Dietrich’s work in the Arts and Crafts Style.

Christopher Jend began researching architect E. G. W. Dietrich seven years ago. In that time, he has documented more than 350 of Dietrich’s designs and visited Dietrich projects in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Mr. Jend researched and wrote the successful nomination of the John Mollenhauer House in Bay Shore, New York to the National Register of Historic Places. He has presented his research on Dietrich at the Bay Shore Historical Society and the Warwick Historical Society (Orange County, New York). The latter was part of the Warwick Village Sesquicentennial and included an exhibition of drawings, renderings, and photographs of Dietrich designs.
For more information, please contact the Torrington Historical Society at torringtonhistorical@snet.net.

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