On this crisp autumn day the Greenwich Point Conservancy, emceed by GPC President, Chris Franco, welcomed all to the wonderfully restored Old Barn at Greenwich Point.
The day was a happy event by all attendees thanks to the dedication of the Greenwich Point Conservancy’s Gateway Restoration Project and a much deserved dedication of the new pavilion in honor of a Greenwich Point Conservancy co-founder Susie Baker.
The completed Gateway and Old Barn, and the creation of the beautiful new Gateway Gardens, conclude the work at the entrance to Greenwich Point. Greenwich Point Conservancy now plans to concentrate on restoring the beautiful Chimes building, which is one of the most architecturally distinctive buildings on the Connecticut shoreline.
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The Conservancy began restoration work ten years ago beginning with the Innis Arden Cottage. The transformation was extensive and respectful. A Sea Life Learning Lab is on the main floor. The woodwork on the walls and ceilings of the second floor reflect craftsmanship of prior generations.
Chris Franco, President and Co-Founder of the Greenwich Point Conservancy acknowledged several distinguished guests in attendance. First Selectman Peter Tesei, Selectman Drew Marzullo and John Toner. Also joined in were United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut State Senator Scott Franz, and CT State Representatives Livvy Floren, Fred Camillo and Michael Bocchino. Each were thanked for their support of the Greenwich Point Conservancy over the years.
Deborah and Chuck Royce were highly acknowledged as being major supporters of the Conservancy’s work over the years. They also had a large influence over the naming of the Sue H. Baker Pavilion.
Chris Franco described one of the best features as being the new Gateway Gardens. Plants native to Connecticut have been planted in beautiful curved beds along the Innis Arden Cottage and Sue H. Baker Pavilion. This work has been a collaboration between the Greenwich Point Conservancy, Green Fingers Garden Club and Chris Franco’s favorite landscape designer, Peter Grunow.
Also recognized was Krist Dodaro, also a GPC board member and an extraordinarily talented architect. Krist has been the principal architect for both the Innis Arden Cottage and the Old Barn restorations.
The Greenwich Point Conservancy has much more work to do. In the words of Greenwich Point Conservancy President, Chris Franco, “Hopefully, the success of our restored Gateway is an eye-opener for the great possibilities here at the Point, and that we can extend the community enthusiasm for our new project - the restoration of the Chimes Building, and the creation there of a recreation facility that will be enjoyed by the whole town."