State officials looking for your input on new Waterford park

Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford is the site of a new Connecticut State Park (Photo: Joel Stocker)
The main building at the Seaside Sanatorium. DEEP officials are asking the public to determine whether to restore the building or tear it down (Photo: Tom Blanck)
The main building at the Seaside Sanatorium. DEEP officials are asking the public to determine whether to restore the building or tear it down (Photo: Tom Blanck)

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is looking for comments and suggestions from the public on a new park being designed in Waterford.

The new state park is being proposed for the site of the former Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford, a waterfront piece of property right on the shore of Long Island Sound. Among the buildings on the property are two designed by nationally acclaimed architect, Cass Gilbert.

What DEEP is looking for is comments on the new park, what it could be used for, and whether they should maintain the two Cass Gilbert buildings. The two buildings, the nurse’s residence, and the main sanatorium building, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Should they stay and be re-purposed, or should they be demolished?

If you’re interested in commenting on the new park, especially what to do with the two buildings, you can learn more and weigh in by visiting the DEEP website.

Over the course of his career, Gilbert was the architect for the skyscraper Woolworth Building, and the U.S. Customs House in New York City. He also designed the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, the civic complex in Waterbury, and the Seaside Sanatorium.

To learn more about Cass Gilbet, visit the Woolworth Building Tours site.

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