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Found this photo online, and felt that it must be the long-talked about “Fenwick, Connecticut” house that my father has recommended I check out. And lo n’ behold….yup, one and the same.
Here’s a little back-history and confirmation from my father Glenn Diedricksen….
That is the Fenwick house. We see it every time we tee off on the 4th hole at Fenwick (A public course- amidst the old home of Katherine Hepburn).
The story goes (not sure how accurate), according to the artist Steven Cryan who knows the local history, that it was once a house boat that was put on that spot in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The CT river steamboat captains used to hang out there. It then later became a house of ill repute. Finally, someone purchased it for a cottage.
Within the last 10-20 years people living on the property behind it in their huge house tried to buy it for a substantial sum of money simply so that they could knock it down to “improve their view”. I heard they offered well over a half a million dollars for this little house. The owner refused.
Steven Cryan, who passed on much of this information, does fantastic paintings/photos of local scenes, tugs, trains, etc. He sells his work at the “Dock and Dine” restuarant in Old Saybrook, CT. He’s often there painting. Our print of the World Trade Center with the Tug on the East River that sank the Karen E was done by him. We also have a picture of that very house by him.
He also plays harp (harmonica) in a local blues band. A very interesting guy!
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