Hans C. Seherr-Thoss records of the Beckwith building, 1977-1981
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Brief Description:

Records (1982-26-0) including correspondence, estimates, leases, site plans & alterations, and newspaper articles concerning the Beckwith building on South Street for use as the Litchfield Post Office. Owners of the building were Harry Hart, Hans C. Seherr-Thoss, Henry Hodkoski, William H. Risley, and Edmund T. Crowe. Most of the correspondence involves letters from their attorney Raymond J. Devlin, Jr.  Included is correspondence with the State Historic Preservation Officer; United States Postal Service, Northeast Region; Postmaster General; Litchfield Historic District Commission; S. Dillon Ripley; and town officials.

Also included are copies of  Applications for Historic Preservation Grants from Connecticut Historical Commission; and site plans by Smith Edwards, architects.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at] litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Created by: Seherr-Thoss, Hans Christoph (1912-1992)
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/05/1982.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically, as it was received from the donor.
Biographical Note for Seherr-Thoss, Hans Christoph (1912-1992) : Hans Cristoph Seherr-Thoss was born in Dobrau, Silesia. He was the son of the Count and Countess Herrman Christoph Seherr-Thoss. His mother, Muriel White, was the daughter of Henry White, one time United States Ambassaador to France. He later became a United States citizen and served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Sonia Phipps Farrell in 1948. Both had children from previous marriages. Also in 1948, the Seherr-Thosses purchased property in Litchfield, Conn. They established Butternut Brook Jerseys, a dairy farm, in 1956, which they ran until 1966. They also had residences in New York City and Wickenburg, Ariz. Mr. and Mrs. Seherr-Thoss traveled extensively to such places as Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, India, Japan, Africa, Mexico, and Brazil. In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey. Written by  Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss. Seherr-Thoss's interests varied widely; he designed their houses in Litchfield and Arizona and was an active member of the Litchfield community.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Postal service - Connecticut - Litchfield
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Hans C. Seherr-Thoss  Gift
Other Formats: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.
PreferredCitation: Hans C. Seherr-Thoss records of the Beckwith building (1982-26-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street,  Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.