Thames Edge at Fairview Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut
A new model community for aging in place perches on a bluff overlooking the Thames River in Groton, CT. Thames Edge at Fairview, consists of 40 homes at a variety of price points, owned and managed by the Odd Fellows Home, which has provided care since 1892. The concept provides able-bodied seniors with a residence more suitable to staying independent longer. While residents have “down-sized” from the traditional family home, they still live in a neighborhood that is private, with community connections and services meant to provide comfort, safely and security. In other words, they have the sense of home ownership without having to shovel the snow off the roof.
Designed in two phases by Amenta Emma, Thames Edge offers a contemporary setting with magnificent river views and architecture that feels “young, exudes youthful energy” according to one resident. Homes are modeled after seaside cottages. Designers, challenged by a significant elevation change, terraced the homes on the site to provide bright covered entries walking out to grade at two levels for most homes. Four connected units create a quad, providing a shared social space at the entry. All essential living spaces are on one level, though some residents have finished basements as office and workshop space.
While Phase 1 residents catch glimpses of the river, Phase 2, capitalizes on views with corner windows and wrap-around decks oriented toward the river. Residents enjoy a clubhouse with an outdoor pool and fitness center. The clubhouse houses a restaurant, Grille 92, which is open to the public. A shopping area, with grocery, hair salon and department store is less than a mile away.
Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Awards – Best Independent Living – Runner Up