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Putnam Hill

A Cooperative Complex in Greenwich, Connecticut

New York Times article

March 18, 1956



Work Gets Under Way on Greenwich Project Named After Revolutionary War Hero

Apartments containing three to six rooms are planned in the Putnam Hill, a development to rise on the former Ashforth estate in the heart of Greenwich Conn. Construction work has bee started by Chutick & Sudakoff, builders of the 200 family project.

Plans drawn by Arthur Weiser, architect, call for five four-story buildings on the 10 acre property, less than 20 per cent of which will contain buildings.

Each building will contain forty apartments, according to Albert B. Ashforth, Inc., the rental agents, who said rentals will range from $140 to $300 a month. The structures will be arranged in the form of a triangle, the buildings to be several hundred feet apart.

Terraces eight feet wide and twenty feet long will be provided for 160 apartments, according to Mr. Weiser, who said this will add greater spaciousness to the suites and help create an atmosphere of indoor-outdoor living.

A basement garage will accommodate 200 automobiles and an outdoor parking are will care for additional cars.

The property is adjoins the east side of Putnam Park, a development of two-story garden apartments for 200 families built by Chuttick & Sudakoff in 1951. It is 128 feet above sea level and sixty feet above the surrounding land, affording a view of Long Island Sound. The area was named for General Isreal Putnam who escaped down the hill from the British in 1779.

Chuttick & Sudakoff bought the tract from H. Adams Ashforth, president of the realty firm which is acting as renting agent for the proposed development and a trustee for the estate of the late Elizabeth Milbank Ashford.

The main building on the property was razed recently. it was a four story mansion with thirty two rooms, built in 1886 by Jeremiah Milbank, great-grandfather of Elizabeth Milbank Ashforth and co-founder of the Borden Company. The stone for the old homestead was imported from Scotland.

Trunk of old Weeping Beech

Boss Tweed's estate, named Linwood, is the original home on the site of Putnam Hill

Jeremiah Milbank's home torn down to build Putnam Hill

New York Times article August 26, 1956


Builders in Greenwich Save Valuable Plantings on Old Tweed Estate

Believing that an apartment-dweller wants a tree outside his window as much a a home owner does, the builders of a group of apartment houses in Greenwich, Conn. are spending $100,000 to preserve the trees on their site.

Five four-story buildings containing forty apartments of three and a half to six and one half rooms, will comprise Putnam Hill, at Putnam and Milbank Avenues. The tract was once part of a heavily wooded estate owned by William Marcy Tweed, leader of Tammany Hall three generations ago.

One hundred and ninety four trees, most of them from seventy to 100 years old, are being preserved. 100 other trees are being grown on a steep hillside at the edge of the development.

The old trees include two huge weeping beeches, said to be among the finest specimens in the country, a number of copper beeches, and several rare spruces, hemlocks, cedars, yews and other evergreens, some of which were imported from the Orient. There are also more common lindens, elms and maples....

Statuary remaining from the Linwood estate