Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and finest surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. The 62-room mansion was built by banker-railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood, who in 1864 began construction of his estate on the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut. Designed by European-trained, New York-based architect Detlef Lienau, the mansion, which was completed in 1868, is considered his most significant surviving work. American craftsmen, along with many immigrant artisans, were employed in the construction of the house. In 1876 the Mansion was purchased by Charles Drelincourt Mathews, a wealthy provisions merchant. His son, Charles Thompson Mathews, won an international competition for the design and construction of the Lady Chapel at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC in 1899. Following the death of Miss Florence Mathews in 1938, the house was first leased and then sold to the City of Norwalk for "park purposes." When the City announced their plans for demolition, the Common Interest Group sued the City of Norwalk and the Mansion was saved in 1964; in 1971, the Mansion was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Today, the Museum is a cultural gem which highlights the lives, styles and technology of the Victorian Era.

Tours are offered early April through early January, Wednesday-Sunday. Tours are conducted on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Students 8-18, and Free for Children under the age of 8.
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  • Lovely piece of history almost torn down by the town. This hidden gem has so much to offer and is worth the trip if in the area. They did tell us that the mansion after 2021 will be closed for... 
    Lovely piece of history almost torn down by the town. This hidden gem has so much to offer and is worth the trip if in the area. They did tell us that the mansion after 2021 will be closed for...  more »
  • We came here to take a tour on nineteenth-century American medicine, and the docent also took the opportunity to give us a tour on the rest of the mansion/museum. The building itself is absolutely... 
    We came here to take a tour on nineteenth-century American medicine, and the docent also took the opportunity to give us a tour on the rest of the mansion/museum. The building itself is absolutely...  more »
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  • This was a mansion that existed back in a time when mansions were far and few. It was worth over $2mil when built. The history was interesting with Mr. Lockwood but sad when he passed away young and left his home to his wife with a mortgage. She had to sell all of the valuables to pay off the mortgage and sold it to Mr. Mathews who brought a lot of the original furnishings back to the home. It was a very opulent home with stonework and woodwork from around the world. A great story behind a beautiful home! Definitely a must see!
  • Wonderful tour. Thanks to all of the conservators who saved this gem from the chopping block. Our tour guide Rebecca was very knowledgeable and was a delightful young lady. Treat yourself and visit this place if you have never been there.

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