Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.
This is a photograph taken from the terrace of Bellarmine Hall, looking south-southeast. There is a basket weave pattern on the terrace flooring and a stone bench. Original plans suggest that the Lashars were thinking of extending this part of the house into an Italianate pavilion.
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. Image date is approximate.
Photographic print; black-and-white; 8 x 10 in.
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Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.. "Bellarmine Hall, a view of the grotto looking south-southeast." 1942. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/61.