Birdcraft Sanctuary

Also known as: Birdcraft Musuem and Sanctuary, Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary
314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, Connecticut


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In 1914, land for the establishment of Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary was purchased by Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934), who helped salvage the national Audubon movement from obscurity and lay the foundation for its current success. At Birdcraft, Wright originated the idea of "birdscaping," where the plantings encourage the ecology and habitat of birds. Wright was a prolific author, writing non-fiction works on ecology as well as novels. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1993

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1982
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Rustic
Areas of significance
Education; Conservation; Landscape Architecture
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Conservation area; Museum; Research facility
Current functions
Conservation area; Museum; Research facility
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Significant years
1914; 1921; 1939
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 2

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett