Robert W. Hill lecture, 1906 Jul 30
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Brief Description: Robert Wakeman Hill (1828-1909) was a noted architect. He received his early education in the schools of Waterbury and attended the Young Men's Institute in New Haven. He studied architecture with Henry Austin of New Haven and A. C. Nash of Milwaukee, Wis. He returned to Connecticut in 1858 and practiced architecture for a short time in Naugatuck. In 1863, he moved to Waterbury and spent the remainder of his life there. Hill was architect for the state under Governors Bigelow, Waller, Harrison and Lounsbury. He built the state armories at Waterbury, New London, Bridgeport, Norwalk and New Britain, and furnished plans for the Waterbury City Hall, the New Britain Opera House, the Thomaston Opera House, and the Winchester Soldier's Memorial in Winsted, among many others. He designed a number of buildings in Litchfield, including the County Court House (1889), the fire house (1894), two hotels, and the house of Edgar van Winkle, Hill-home. Hill died in 1909. On July 30, 1906, Hill gave a lecture at the Litchfield Historical Society titled, "Incidents in the Lives of Some of the Early Architects and Builders in Connecticut." Included in the papers is Hill's autographed text. Also included are a blueprint of a Queen Anne-style structure (1889); photographs of the residence of Bronson Beecher Tuttle, Naugautuck; residence and inn of David Beecher, Salem (later Naugatuck); the Scovill homestead, Waterbury; Don De Forest house, New Haven; and Rose Hill Cottage (built for W. H. Scovill), Waterbury; and an engraving showing buildings on the New Haven green.        Photographs are located in Photo Oversize Box 7.
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]
Record Series Number: 00/1907-17-0
Created by: Hill, Robert Wakeman (1828-1909)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 01/01/1907.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Connecticut - History
Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Lecture notes
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Robert Wakeman Hill  Gift
PreferredCitation: Robert W. Hill lecture (1907-17-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759