Conservancy has distorted history of Queen Anne building

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The Greenwich Point Conservancy put a video on YouTube filled with inaccurate and misleading yarns that completely omit many responsible for much of what survived at Tod’s Point from the 1940s until 2003.

In 2003, Chris Franco and Sue Baker, along with Adele Titell, started the GPC specifically to redo the Queen Anne building, which is now called the Innis Arden Cottage. While they were instrumental in that happening, to not give credit where it’s due, I feel, is another example of what’s wrong with it all.

World War II veterans are responsible for the Queen Anne standing all those years. After turning the Tod Mansion into veterans housing, the vets and their families turned the old empty guest house into bath houses and invited community activities into the main center rooms. These were later taken over by our school system, and people like Sue Baker were lucky enough to be paid to be at the beach.

The swimming lessons I received back in the 50s were partly conducted in the Queen Anne along with birthday parties and many other activities that went back and forth between the mansion and the Queen Anne. The Tod Mansion would have been wrecked much earlier, along with the Queen Anne, if not for veterans and their families.

The activities started by veterans helped greatly in the survival of the building that the GPC loves so. And Sue Baker talks in the video as if there had been no one doing any work or maintenance at Greenwich Point until the GPC came along.

The GPC’s borderline joy and total lack of concern for the destruction of the Coastal Watch Tower is just another example of the indifference to our unsung WWII era hard-working individuals who gave us the wonderful buildings at the Point the GPC feels are fashionable enough to restore.

The tower and Glenville’s Civil War era old Workingman’s Tavern & Inn are not in fashion or in vogue.

This double standard has to stop and if Mr. Tod, who was a humanitarian, was alive, I know he would not be pleased.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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