UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Southport Beach Chambers' Sea Wall in 1899

Monday, October 30, 2017

Southport Beach Chambers' Sea Wall in 1899

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Southport Beach Chambers' Sea Wall
Southport, Connecticut
Description: Photographer: Eugene Hall? Note found with glass plate negative: "Putting up the Chamber's Sea Wall at the Beach." The house in the center background was built in 1891 for Cornelius C Chambers, a Waterbury industrialist. The building to the left is believed to have been made into the residence which is just east of the Sasquanaug Association's Sea lodge. The sea wall was installed by George Palmer, a local civil engineer, who also did extensive work for the NY NH & H railroad. Southport _Chronicle_ 10 April 1899: "A sea wall 344' long is to be built for C C Chambers by George Palmer, along the entire waterfront owned by C C Chambers....granite....will be 12' high, 14' in front of the house. Granite will be from Leetes island [off Guilford]...brought in by schooner. Cost about $4000." Fairfield _Record_ 26 April 1899: "Work on C C Chambers new breakwater...50 feet completed." 3 May: "...over 80 feet completed." See also the Southport _Packet_, July 1989, Vol 3 No 3, for some comments on architecture of the Chambers' house.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1899
Format: Photograph

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