The Charles E. Beach House (1900)

September 1st, 2010 Posted in Houses, Shingle Style, West Hartford

On Brightwood Lane in West Hartford is a Shingle-style house, built in 1900-1901. It was once part of the extensive agricultural estate of the Beach family, known as Vine Hill Farm. The farm was begun by Charles Mason Beach, who had earlier established with his two brothers the Hartford firm of Beach & Co., dealers in paints, aniline dyes and other chemicals. Beach settled in the area of South Main Street in West Hartford in 1859, purchasing a farm house. He began buying land for a dairy farm, which soon gained a reputation in the area for its high-quality milk, cream and butter. Beach’s son, Charles Edward Beach, managed Vine Hill Farm for many years and became a prominent citizen of West Hartford, serving on the town Board of Selectmen and being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1907. In the 1860s, Charles E. Beach’s father had hired a German immigrant named Louis Stadtmueller, who planted the vines on the property which gave Vine Hill Farm its name. His son, Frank Stadtmueller, developed the farm’s process of producing infant milk formula that would keep for two to three weeks. Stadtmueller was later appointed Connecticut’s State Dairy Commissioner.

The house that Charles E. Beach built on Vine Hill Farm has an asymmetrical exterior covered with wood shingles, while the interior has rich architectural details. Parcels of Vine Hill Farm land began to be sold to developers in the 1920s, with the last piece of farmland being sold in 1948 by Charles Frederick Beach, grandson of Charles M. Beach. Smaller houses, built on the subdivided land, now surround the Beach House. The home’s original cobblestone port-cochere is now to the rear of the house, because the laying out of Brightwood Lane led to the entrance being shifted from South Main Street to the newer road.

  1. 8 Responses to “The Charles E. Beach House (1900)”

  2. By Neon Light : on Oct 26, 2010

    beach houses are nice because you can swim anytime you want and the beach is a great view too::.

  3. By Inflatable Bed ยท on Nov 12, 2010

    beach houses are really nice and it would always be a warm and relaxing place ~~’

  4. By Beaulah Boche on Aug 24, 2011

    I love reading through and I believe this website got some truly utilitarian stuff on it! .

  5. By jamzine on Dec 10, 2012

    house too cute i am not old enuff to buy 1

  6. By Sarah on Mar 12, 2014

    I think it’s worth mentioning that several of their Tiffany windows went to the Mark Twain house during its restoration! This family were no mere farmers.

  7. By adarkadaptedi on Feb 13, 2016

    My mom’s family lived in the Beach house for many years (they called it “the Beach Estate”). So wonderful that it’s now part of the National Register of Historic Places – Mom would be thrilled! We proudly displayed a photo of Mom’s childhood home wherever we lived. My grandfather arranged for us kids to take a tour of the house in the 1980s; the architecture was stunning. I was in awe of the home’s sheer immensity. Just beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. By TiffanyBeach on Jun 29, 2016

    This is grandfather great grandfathers house !

  9. By TiffanyBeach on Jun 29, 2016

    *** this is my grandfathers , great grandfathers house !

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