Ives’s Danbury

This image appears in my book as Figure 2.1; I took an 1875 “bird’s-eye view” map of Danbury and located on it the key Ives-related sites from his boyhood. Many, such as Wooster Cemetery, the Ives home on Main Street, and the Opera House around the corner would be a vivid part of the memories Charles Ives carried with him throughout his life and which he recalled so evocatively in his music.

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The Danbury of Charles Ives’s boyhood: (a) the Ives homestead on Main Street; (b) the First Congregational Church; (c) the second building of the Ives family’s Danbury Savings Bank; (d) Taylor’s Opera House; (e) St. Peter’s Catholic Church; (f) the New Street School; (g) the Stevens Street house, where Ives’s family moved when he was five; (h) the location of the Second Baptist Church, where Ives was organist at age fourteen; (i) Wooster Cemetery.

The Danbury of Charles Ives’s boyhood: (a) the Ives homestead on Main Street; (b) the First Congregational Church; (c) the second building of the Ives family’s Danbury Savings Bank; (d) Taylor’s Opera House; (e) St. Peter’s Catholic Church; (f) the New Street School; (g) the Stevens Street house, where Ives’s family moved when he was five; (h) the location of the Second Baptist Church, where Ives was organist at age fourteen; (i) Wooster Cemetery.


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