From tiny cottages in a turn-of-the-century camp meeting ground to grand mansions on the hill, the classic New England mill town of Willimantic, in northeast Connecticut, abounds with Victorian architecture. It boasts the greatest number of Victorian homes per capita on the East Coast, and all the major styles are represented: Carpenter Gothic, Queen Anne, Stick, Italianate, and Second Empire. Enjoy details of porches and porticos, doors and windows, towers and gables, all carefully preserved in colorful splendor. Over 175 photographs showcase this charming place, which is enjoying a renaissance based on its Victorian architecture and reflected in its new nickname, "Romantic Willimantic."
Michele Palmer and Lori Garris worked together to produce Toile: The storied Fabrics of Europe and America (Schiffer, 2003). Michele is a writer and curator in Storrs, Connecticut. Lori is an architectural photographer in Litchfield, Connecticut.