Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].
Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].

Residence [of] Albert L. Sessions Bristol Connecticut. Architects Griggs & Hunt Contractors Stoddard & Caulkins Begun April 1902 Occupied February 29 1904 [from manuscript title page].

Bristol, Connecticut, 1903. Oblong 12mo (7” x 10”), full ribbed brown leather. 87 silver prints (approx. 4” x 5” to 6.5” x 4.5”) mounted on gray leaves. Many images dated in ink on mount.

A photo album documenting the construction of an imposing Colonial Revival house built for A. L. Sessions of Bristol, Connecticut.

During the 19th century, Bristol was the center of Connecticut clock-making. Among its manufacturers was the E. N. Welch Company, which by the later 19th century had become saddled with financial difficulty. In 1902, William E. Sessions, whose father owned a foundry business that had produced cases for E. N. Welch, was elected president of the company and his nephew, Albert L. Sessions, became its treasurer. By the following year, they acquired enough stock to take over the company—renaming it the Sessions Clock Co. During this same period, A. L. Sessions became a partner with his father, John Henry Sessions, in the family’s trunk hardware-making business, J. H. Sessions & Son. After his father’s death in 1902, the business was incorporated in 1905 under a special charter by the state of Connecticut—the sole owners being A. L. Sessions, his mother, and his wife.

William E. Sessions built the impressive home documented in this album, known as Beleden, on Bellevue Ave in Bristol, and his nephew A. L. Sessions built a house on the same street. Construction of Sessions’s home began in April 1902 and was finished by February 1904. These eighty-seven images document various stages and aspects of the construction of the house, and some show workers or visitors on the site. One image features a well-dressed man in front of the house who may be Sessions himself. Constructed of brick and red sandstone, the house was designed by Waterbury architects Wilfred E. Griggs and William E. Hunt. Known in Bristol as the ‘Wedding Cake’ House, it later became the Town Club and is now the DuPont Funeral Home.

CONDITION: Good, some rippling to images and leaves throughout.

Item #4561

Price: $750.00

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