Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.
This photograph was taken looking north from Bellarmine Hall - that is, Bellarmine is behind you (behind the camera). You can see the circular flower bed, sculpted shrubbery and a flagpole in the distance.
Bellarmine Hall, formerly known as Hearthstone Hall because of its many fireplaces, was a forty-four room mansion built in 1920 by Walter B. Lashar, owner of the American Chain and Cable Company. During the Depression, the 105-acre Lashar estate became town property through a tax foreclosure and was up for sale. In early 1942, the Jesuits purchased the property for $62,500. The house was renamed in honor of St. Robert Bellarmine, the sixteenth century cardinal and theologian, and became the first Jesuit faculty residence for Fairfield College Preparatory School. The two tall trees are no longer there, and the sculpted plantings are now much smaller. Also Donnaruma Hall, now seen looking north from Bellarmine, has not yet been built. Image date is approximate.
Photographic print; black-and-white; 8 x 10 in.
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Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.. "Looking north from Bellarmine Hall." 1942. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/44.