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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Seven Sisters

Seven homes by the same developer, along two sides of an intersection.
Today's Hidden Plainfield is not a single property, but seven identical homes built adjacent to each other on the corner of two streets, one of them a busy thoroughfare. Though they have been individualized over the years, they clearly were built by a single developer, hence my moniker the 'seven sisters'.

Actually, there is an eighth home just out of sight of this picture. It sits on a somewhat larger lot and is considerably fancier than the others, with a Pennsylvania blue stone facade. I suspect it was the developer's 'model' house and was used to help sell the houses on the remaining lots.

Do you know where today's properties are?

Answer tomorrow.

By the way, what are the 'seven sisters'? A group of women's colleges in the Northeast? Greek goddesses? Seven historically dominant oil companies?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh, HS '63, VC '67 said...

Dan: as a Vassar College graduate (pre-men), I know there were (are?) seven women's colleges in the Northeast dubbed "Seven Sisters." Plainfield has a strong connection to Vassar including Miss Hartridge, Grace Murray Hopper and Sadie Sandford, and, I'm sure many more. Marge Green, also HS, graduated from Mt. Holyoke, and there must be Smithies about. HS '63 sent two women to Vassar, two to Wellesley, and one to Mt. Holyoke. Not bad in a class of 21.
These houses, I have no idea.

Jenn Popper said...

Seven Sisters referred to a series of women's magazines: Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Redbook and Woman's Day.

Colleen Gibney said...

The name probably derives from the Pleiades, but as a Mount Holyoke alumna, the Seven Sisters were women's colleges meant to 'sister' the Ivy League men's schools. For example, Mount Holyoke was the traditional 'sister school' for Dartmouth. Which may be why you will see a parody of the MHC dorms in one scene of Animal House, which reportedly had some Dartmouth elements.