Haystack Mountain Tower
Designed by Erick Rossiter and built in 1929, Haystack Mountain Tower is a 50 foot-high stone observation tower situated on top of Haystack Mountain at an elevation of approximately 1700 feet above sea level. Its construction was funded by Ellen Battell Stoeckel. The tower is made of granite, with concrete steps and floors and steel to provide support for the observation platform. Its style is Tudor Revival. Haystack Mountain State Park is open for hikers and other visitors.
Backstory and Context
- Hepburn Hall, University of Vermont, 1916
- St. John's Church, Washington, Connecticut, 1917
- Church of St. Michael, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1919
Design inspiration for the Haystack Mountain Tower comes from medieval architecture. It has a simple, monumental design (possibly based on Norman or Tudor precedents).
Ellen Battell Stoeckel (1851-1939) donated the Tower as well as the surrounding land to commemorate her father Robbins Battell, who had donated Battell Chapel at Yale University in 1874 and the Congregational Church in Norfolk in 1888. Ellen Battell Soteckel and her husband Carl were active patrons of Connecticut's arts scene.
Ransom, David. "National Register of Historic Places Form: Haystack Mountain Tower." U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service. Accessed March 02, 2017. https://npgallery.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/93001244.pdf.