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Preserving the past: Greenwich Historical Society honors new landmarks

February 27, 2019

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Historical Society will bestow plaques on Greenwich Town Hall, the World War I Memorial on Greenwich Avenue and the oldest residence in Greenwich this spring, as well as honor a prominent local business executive and “history-maker.”

The latest additions to the Historical Society’s local landmarks campaign were selected “for their design excellence and their value in preserving Greenwich’s unique architectural legacy.” The Landmarks Recognition benefit will be held April 28.

The Feake-Ferris House in Old Greenwich will be recognized for a careful restoration the town’s oldest house. The project to renovate the old home on Shore Road was carried out by the Greenwich Point Conservancy, and the owners, Martin and Anna Waters.

The original builder, Jeffrey Ferris, apparently bought the property from colonial landowner Elizabeth Winthrop Feake. He built the homestead sometime before his death in 1666.

The World War I Memorial on Greenwich Avenue will be given a plaque. The 50-foot obelisk pays tribute to the “memory of those who died and an inspiration to all who follow,” and it lists the major battles where American troops were engaged. The nearby sculpture of Col. Ranal Bolling was carried out by Edward Clark Potter, who also created the lions outside the main branch of the New York Public Library.

The keynote speaker at the Landmarks Recognition event will be architect Joseph Pell Lombardi. He helped restore one of the most unusual residences in the Northeast — the Octagon House in Irvington, N.Y., which he owns. Lombardi’s talk has been titled “Cabins, Houses, Lofts, Skyscrapers & Castles: Fifty Years of Worldwide Historic Preservation Efforts.” The Octagon House, also known as the Armour-Stiner House for its previous owners, will also be cited by the Greenwich Historical Society.

Also, on May 8, the Greenwich Historical Society will present its “History in the Making Award” to Indra K. Nooyi, a town resident and the former chair and CEO of PepsiCo.

The presentation to Nooyi will tie in with the society’s upcoming exhibition on the role of Greenwich women in the suffrage movement and the centennial commemoration of women’s voting rights.

Gov. Ned Lamont recently named Nooyi to a new public-private partnership to be known as the Partnership to Advance the Connecticut of Tomorrow or PACT. The organization has been tasked with recruiting new businesses to Connecticut.

This week, Nooyi joined the board of directors at Amazon.com Inc. She is the second woman added to the Seattle-based company’s board in the last month — following a promise last May to add more women to its board.