United States of America, Connecticut, New Haven County, Hamden
Mill Rock (Hamden, Connecticut)
"The English manor style house was built in 1870 by William Phipps Blake, a grand nephew of Eli Whitney. Blake was a geologist for the Union Pacific Railroad; later he became Director of the School of Mines at the University of Arizona. He was appointed by the Smithsonian Institution as Executive Commissioner for the Centennial Exposition of 1876 in Philadelphia. His late 19th century garden layout is down a sheltered southern slope. Massive retaining walls, masonry pillars linked by copper chains, and glazed brick paths, bricked-edged, have proved a very durable hardscape. Some features were added mid 20th century including the small fountain pool."
Persons associated with the property include: William Phipps Blake (former owner and engineer); Whitney Blake (former owner); Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Whitney (former owner);John Fulton, MD (former owner); Lucia Pickering Fulton (former owner); Axion Cushing-Fulton Corporation (owner); Jennifer Radford (photographer).
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