Meadowlands (Darien Community Association)
Now the location of a local community center called the Darien Community Association (DCA), this historic home—called Meadowlands—is a fine example of Georgian Revival architecture. It was built in 1932 by retired banker and broker James H. Stark, who purchased the property in 1929. It was actually erected on the foundations of a previous house originally built in 1875 (Stark tore this house down). Meadowlands, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents the shift from Queen Anne architecture, which was popular in the late 1800s, to more Classical, conservative architecture. The DCA was established in 1923 and has evolved to become an educational and philanthropic organization To this end, it offers a variety of programs, classes, and scholarships to local high school students. The building is available to rent for weddings and other events.
Backstory and Context
Steven Bedford & Nora Lucas. "Meadowlands." National Parks Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 6, 1987. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/55e2d8e4-ebcf-4e7a-979b-3b0a5378165e.