a collaborative series of exhibits and events celebrating the art of the quilt


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
The Craze of Crazy Quilts

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk CT

Once known as “Elm Park,” the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the great Renaissance Revival houses of the 19th century still extant. The unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture in this National Historic Landmark illustrate the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era. Designed by Detlief Lienau and built between 1864 and 1868, the building contains rooms by notable early interior designers Herter Brothers and Leon Marcotte. When it was built, the mansion was on the cutting edge of technology, with gas lighting, indoor plumbing, and an early burglar alarm system.

The Craze of Crazy Quilts features a display of four “crazy” quilts, a style popular in the latter nineteenth century, will be on view on the second floor of the mansion. Several Godey’s Lady’s Books from the Museum’s archival collection, as well as other period sources, will enhance the exhibit by showing examples of circa-1880s crazy quilt articles that helped to popularize the style.