Our History

From Another Era

DCA Meadowlands was built in the 1800s, the mansion nestled atop 52 acres of farmland in Darien, CT.

DCA Meadowlands was built in the 1800s

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the DCA Meadowlands has a charming history.

 

DCA Meadowlands historic dining room, 1933 image

DCA Meadowlands Dining Room, 1933 image

It was built in the late 1800s, a Victorian-style mansion nestled atop 52 acres of farmland, by a New York City wholesale grocer and his wife, Frank and Mary Green.

 

DCA Meadowlands Formal Garden - original landscape plan from Ellen Biddle Shipman

DCA Meadowlands Formal Garden – original landscape plan from Ellen Biddle Shipman

In 1930 the property was purchased by James and Alice Stark, who remodeled the home in the elegant Regency style that exists today.

 

At the same time they commissioned Ellen Biddle Shipman – a premier landscape architect of the early twentieth century – to design a classic formal garden.

 

The house remained a private residence until 1949, when it and the surounding eight acres were purchased by the Darien Community Association (DCA), a non-profit established in 1923. Over the years the DCA has expanded the mansion, adding the Garden Wing and commercial kitchen to accommodate large groups, updating decor in line with its history, and renovating facilities.

The DCA Meadowlands property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987

The DCA Meadowlands is on the National Register of Historic Places

 

The DCA Meadowlands property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.