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Marion Castle, Terre Bonne


  • Address: 1 Rogers Rd
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Marion Castle, an imposing 26-room stucco-covered masonry structure designed in the Chateauesque style, was built between 1914 and 1916 on a prominent site overlooking Long Island Sound in the Shippan Point section of Stamford, Connecticut. Originally encompassing 4-1/2 acres, the estate now consists of 1.675 acres bordered on the south by Rogers Road, on the east by Ocean Drive West, on the north by Lighthouse Way, and on the west by private, undeveloped land which was formerly the waterfront portion of the property. Distinguished by its high, steeply hipped slate roofs, and a profusion of gabled wings and dormers, the 4-1/2 story castle rises abruptly from the property's eastern, streetfront boundary line, giving the opposite, main elevation a sweeping, western view of the formal gardens and Long Island Sound beyond. The immediate neighborhood consists of single family residences on smaller parcels of land. Except for new construction to the north, most are contemporaneous to the Castle, although they are largely Colonial Revival and neo-Mediterranean in style, and of less impressive proportions.

Marion had four daughters and one son, Hamilton, who was an invalid and died at the age of 17. Several of the interior features of the Castle, specifically the elevator and the ramp, were included in the design of the house to facilitate his movement. - US NRHP, 1982


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1914/00/00 Joseph Howland Hunt Architect Designed in 1914 as a summer home, construction begins on a Chateauesque style mansion for Frank J Marion.
1916/00/00 Frank J Marion Home Frank J Marion retires from the film business as his new summer home is completed.
1923/02/11 Paramount Pictures Studio Directed by Robert G Vignola, Paramount Pictures release "Adam and Eva", a comedy silent picture starring Marion Davies. Made at Marion Castle, the film was a hit at the box office, but only one reel survives at the Library of Congress.
1923/02/11 Marion Cecilia Davies Actress Directed by Robert G Vignola, Paramount Pictures release "Adam and Eva", a comedy silent picture starring Marion Davies. Made at Marion Castle, the film was a hit at the box office, but only one reel survives at the Library of Congress.

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Particulars for Marion Castle, Terre Bonne:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Chateauesque
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Area of Significance Invention
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Architectural Style Renaissance Revival
Historic Use Single dwelling
Level of Significance State



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 82004341
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Hunt,Joseph Howland
Architectural Style: Renaissance, Other
Attribute: Chateauesque
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Entertainment-recreation, Architecture, Invention
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1914, 1916
Associated People: Marion,Frank
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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