Torrington is the largest city located in the bucolic Litchfield Hills. It has a charming center with several excellent art galleries including Five Points Gallery and Karen Rossi Studios as well as a gem of a historic art deco styled theatre, The Warner. The history of The Warner is fascinating because it was built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 to showcase their new films. Today, The Warner offers year round performances from concerts to theater and dance to opera simulcast.
On September 12, six historic homes are throwing their doors open to welcome visitors to the Torrington Historic House Tour that has been organized by the Torrington Historical Society and the Northwest Chamber of Commerce to raise fund for their respective educational programs. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online. There is also a House Tour Preview Party on September 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will include a special entrance to several of the homes and a reception with food and drinks. The tickets for this are $75. Tour participants can take shuttle buses or drive to each of the homes as maps will be provided with the tickets.
The George B. Goodwin House built in 1908 in the Colonia Revival style is on the tour and historic records show that this house replaced a much older farm house that was on this property. The architectural features of this house includes a hip roof, dormers and a first floor wrap around porch. Today the Goodwin House doubles as a charming Bed and Breakfast.
Another house on the tour, the Doolittle House was built in 1850 in the Greek Revival style and has a notable gable facing the street. Much of this house has been restored and the original modelings and wide floor boards have been lovingly retained. There are some contemporary additions that blend beautifully with the architectural details of the house, that is tastefully furnished.
The Cavagnero House is a mid.-century house that was built in 1956. Shed roofs make this house a stand out in a more traditional neighborhood of ranch styled homes. The design of the house was based on a home the owners saw in Spokane Washington and features a period kitchen, bathroom and living room that will be a treat to tour for lovers of the 1950s retro look.
In 1890, Albert O. Hine built what is known as the Major William E. Besse house, Besse was the second owner of this residence. This house is one of the finest examples of early Italianate architecture in Torrington that has been beautifully restored.
The last home on the tour was once the Seventh Day Adventist Church that was built in 1889 in the Victorian Gothic style. The church was sold in 1969 and has been the home to several artists. Today, the brightly lit downstairs serves as a performance studio for a concert pianist.