The Russians were here – Monochromia

St. Sergius Chapel, Southbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard
Just off Interstate 84, in Southbury, Connecticut, is a small collection of houses that look a bit out of place, and the focal point of that collection is this tiny Russian Orthodox chapel that was built in 1930, financed in part by aviation pioneer, Igor Sikorsky.
Churaevka, named after a mythical village in a book by George Grebentschikoff,  was imagined, along with friend Count Illya Tolstoy, son of Leo Tolstoy, as a getaway for Russian expats to get together in woods that reminded them of home. The cottages, laid out along streets with names like Russian Village Road, Kiev Drive, and Tolstoy Lane, were originally planned as a retreat for a collection of artists, writers, musicians and dancers who had managed to…


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