820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-331-1104.
On Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator, Decorative Arts Department at The Newark Museum will present a fascinating talk, Beauty, Money, Power: The Transformation of Taste in America’s Gilded Age at The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The lecture will focus on the emergence of the mansion in the United States as a “house type” following the Civil War. Dietz will detail why such mansions were created as houses that were bigger, richer and more opulently decorated than anything previously seen in American. The fifty year period, from 1865 through 1915 covered in the lecture, starts right here in Norwalk, CT with the earliest and perhaps most significant Second Empire Style country house in America, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion built between 1864 and 1868. Other mansions to be discussed during Dietz’s presentation will include the Mark Hopkins Mansion in San Francisco, the White House in D.C. and many others from Chicago to Los Angles and back to New England. Visitors are asked to enter through the double glass doors at the back of the historic building, where it connects to People’s United Bank. The front doors are closed. L. No charge, however donations are always welcome. RSVP: Suggested Call .