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Tour of Historic West Hartford Mansion, Sonia Plumb Dance Performance

Charles E. Beach Mansion. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

An event on Saturday, Sept. 28 will combine a tour of the historic Charles Beach House in West Hartford, a presentation by Patrick L. Pinnell of Connecticut Landmarks’ Stewardship and Collections, and a performance by the Sonia Plumb Dance Company.

Heather McKeown, a new member of the Sonia Plumb Dance Company, will be among the performers. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

The Historic Charles Beach House – one of West Hartford’s most significant National Historic Landmark homes – will be open for tours during an event Saturday that also includes an architectural presentation by Connecticut Landmarks’ Stewardship & Collections Chair Patrick L. Pinnell, FAIA, self-guided tours of the 8,426 square foot property, and a performance by the Sonia Plumb Dance Company.

The three-story Charles E. Beach estate, located at 18 Brightwood Lane, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home, a notable example of Shingle Style architecture, was constructed in 1900, and originally was part of Vine Hill Farm.

The original entrance seen in the photo above, which fronted South Main Street, is now part of the backyard and includes a round-arched porte-cochere constructed of cobblestone.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1-4 p.m., and self-guided tours are available during that time. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 29.

Presentations by Patrick L. Pinnell, FAIA, architect, planner, and author, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

The Sonia Plumb Dance Company dancers and apprentices will perform at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

All proceeds benefit the Sonia Plumb Dance Apprentice Training Program. VIP tickets include champagne, light snacks, and a chance to meet the dancers.

More information about the Sonia Plumb Dance Company is available on the organization’s website, or by email at [email protected].

The Sonia Plumb Dance Company is thankful to owners Laurie and Jeffrey Tischler, and William Raveis Agent Debra Ortega for making the home available and this event possible.

For more information about the home, which is currently for sale, contact Ortega at 860-977-6004 or [email protected]

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