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Author Uncovers Eight Years of Architectural Research

Greenwich Historical Society welcomes Eleanor Brackbill

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Greenwich, CT | Added on October 04, 2013 At 03:51 PM

When author Eleanor Brackbill began her eight years of research on a suburban Westchester home, she didn't expect to uncover a wide range of history behind a piece of property.  

The Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Pen Women program welcomed Brackbill to discuss and sign her first published book "An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property". It tells the story of the history of a quaint 350 year old Cape Cod style home.

"It's a type of house, it's a style of house that was very popular in the 1930s, 20's, but particularly in the 30's and it got picked up again after the second world war because it's a small compact house and it was perfect for the baby boom generation." 

"I too live in a Cape in Old Greenwich and here you have an example of a house that arrived in a train car and was put together in a manual with 75 pages and that's as important as the big houses," said Greenwich Penn Women editor Lucy Hedrick. 

As a former historian at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Brackbill was able to identify the home's 32 former owners. She tells us despite its continuous aging the structure and architecture of the Cape Cod style is of better quality than most homes today. 

"She dug in the earth, she dug in newspapers, she dug in Microfiche and she talked to her neighbors. So it was an impressive effort to answer some really amazing questions about her uncommon cape." 

For more information on Brackbill's research and her book visit


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