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Mary Tyler Moore home in Greenwich to gain historic honor

Robin Kencel | March 5, 2020

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Historical Society is highlighting “trailblazing women” and the home of Mary Tyler Moore in its annual celebration of unique and notable homes in the community.

In commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote across the United States, four homes designed, owned or dedicated to women will be highlighted through the Greenwich Historical Society’s annual Landmarks Recognition Program

Mary Tyler Moore, an actress who captivated the nation, lived in a backcountry home clad in fieldstone with her husband, Dr. S. Robert Levine, until her death in 2017. She was best known for her roles in the TV sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” She died at the age of 80 and was buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield.

Other structures that will be given historic plaques are the Innis Arden Cottage in Old Greenwich, the YWCA and a Tudor residence in the Rock Ridge neighborhood, the Woolley Huntzinger House.

The Greenwich Historical Society has been granting landmark plaques to historically significant homes and structures for 33 years, and more than 300 structures have been received plaques over the years.

“We’re thrilled to recognize enterprising women and the structures that often helped them succeed,” said Robin Kencel, chairwoman of the Landmarks Recognition Program. “It’s a fascinating and timely topic considering the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and the historical society’s dynamic new exhibition underway that showcases the role Greenwich women played on the national stage in achieving its passage.”

An exhibit on the suffrage movement is currently on view at the Greenwich Historical Society’s galleries in Cos Cob.

The ceremony for the plaques will be held at the Greenwich Country Club on April 26.

The keynote speaker will be Nina E. Harkrader, an architectural historian and author of “All the Single Ladies: Women Only Buildings in New York.” She will discuss the homes and hotels that were designed to offer “good moral surroundings” for women who lived and worked in New York City and other cities.

She will focus on the Barbizon Hotel in Manhattan, where such luminaries as Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and Sylvia Plath resided temporarily, immortalizing it as a stylish and sought-after place to live.

Tickets for the event at the Greenwich Country Club begin at $75. The program will run from 3:45 to 6 p.m. 

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