Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 - United States





The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum was built by LeGrand Lockwood, one of America’s first millionaires, a railroad baron, Treasurer of the NY Stock Exchange, an avid art collector and the personification of a new American aristocracy. His summer residence was one of the first “chateauesque-style” houses ever erected in the United States and a technological marvel of its time; it had indoor hot and cold plumbing, gas lighting, ventilation, and a central heating system that burned one ton of coal a day.

In addition to its rich history and architecture, this landmark has also deeply penetrated pop culture. Featured in A&E’s documentary, “America’s Castles,” the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum has also appeared in the Partridge Family’s comic books, “House of Dark Shadows” from the 1970s and both of Hollywood’s sci-fi, “Stepford Wives.”

The mission of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is to preserve and restore this unique architectural treasure, while enriching communities through public programs that illustrate our nation’s mid to late 19th-century heritage. To continue to energize this magnificent National Historic Landmark, the Museum envisions programs where the past converges with present-day interests and aspirations, reaching out to local residents as well as people from all across the world, and connecting today’s audiences with the history, artistic legacy, and the humanities of the Victorian era.

The Museum's approach to programming is based on strengthening communities, building dialogues, creating a space that is all-inclusive and accessible, and collaborating with stakeholders both locally, regionally, and nationally to serve the needs of our communities, while preserving this National Historic Landmark for generations to come. In 2017, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum won a prestigious national award from the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) for the exhibition titled, "The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1868-1938" as well as an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations for the exhibition, "From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers."


On Sat. Sept. 18, Museum Day visitors will be able to view the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's exhibition titled, "Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America," featuring rare artifacts, instruments, costumes and photographs, drawn from those once owned by the Lockwood and Mathews families, as well as loans from major private collections and public institutions.

Displays include such notable and nationally regarded collections as those of Dr. Donald Blaufox, Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Curator of MoHMA, and Chris Foard of The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing, whose rare artifacts will be on view for the first time in the State of Connecticut and have been shown in major U.S. museums, including the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Mr. Foard was an advisor to the PBS series "Mercy Street."

The exhibition investigates what history can teach us about the Germ Theory, Civil War and its medical legacy, changes in nutrition and self-care, and the extraordinary breakthroughs in technology that rocked the medical establishment leading to the birth of modern medicine and public health.

This exploration also brings to light unconventional treatments and rising addiction rates, which were pervasive in the 19th century through the unregulated and widespread access of popular and unregulated, over-the-counter “remedies” promising pain relief and improved health.

Public collection loans include artifacts from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York as well as several institutions in Connecticut including the Greenwich Historical Society, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Historical Society, Wilton Historical Society, Westport Public Art Collections, Bethel Public Library, Kent Historical Society, and Old Saybrook Historical Society to name a few.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will also open a new exhibition titled, "Envisioning Space: Architecture Through the Ages" in collaboration with the Stamford Art Association. Artists featured in the exhibit and their work include: John Amatruda, “Suburban Transformations – Neighborhood”; Eileen Carey, “Infrastructure III”; Heidi Lewis Coleman, “Threshold” and “Passages”; Rosa Colon, “Colonial Street”; Joseph Dermody, “Muralla Roja”; John Dixon, “Lockwood Mathews Porte-cochere”; Maria Friscia, “Cityscape at Dusk I,” and “City at Dusk”; Symmes Gardner, “Planetarium at St. John’s College”; Rita Ghandour, “Good Morning” and “The Shelter”; Mary Ann Glass, “Barn on Route 44, Dutchess County NY”; Matthew Gray, “Iron Spiral”; Eddie Hall, “Descending”; Mike Harris, “Mix and Match” and “Genius of Gehry”; Carina Imbrogno, “Colorful Day in Russia”; Mary Jo Lombardo, “Roots”; Judy Peknik, “Back Stage”; Catherine Picard-Gibbs, “Holy Fire”; DeAnn Prosia, “Overhead Web”; Elaine Gaskell-de Spoelberch, “Fish Market Venice”; Jayson Tobias, “View from my Balcony”; and Almudena Fernández Vicens, “Ephemeral Architecture”.

Open to all artists, this exhibition has been juried by Artist/Designer and Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Trustee Gail Ingis, ASID, and Architect Robert Cohen, AIA, who selected 25 works from digital submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at the artist reception on October 7.

The collaboration of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and The Stamford Art Association, downtown Stamford’s “last gallery standing” celebrating its 50th year, welcomes artists from various media to exhibit work that shows how architecture evolves through time and how it influences society. The exhibition explores artists’ interpretations about diversity of space, structural elements, and buildings of the past and the present, showing the impact architecture has in their creative process and how they integrate these elements into their representational or abstract work.

The Museum will be open 12-4 p.m.

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