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Seherr-Thoss, Hans Christoph, 1912-1992



Hans Cristoph Seherr-Thoss was born in Dobrau, Silesia. He was the son of the Count and Countess Herrman Christoph Seherr-Thoss. His mother, Muriel White, was the daughter of Henry White, one time United States Ambassaador to France. He later became a United States citizen and served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Sonia Phipps Farrell in 1948. Both had children from previous marriages. Also in 1948, the Seherr-Thosses purchased property in Litchfield, Conn. They established Butternut Brook Jerseys, a dairy farm, in 1956, which they ran until 1966. They also had residences in New York City and Wickenburg, Ariz. Mr. and Mrs. Seherr-Thoss traveled extensively to such places as Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, India, Japan, Africa, Mexico, and Brazil. In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey. Written by Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss. Seherr-Thoss's interests varied widely; he designed their houses in Litchfield and Arizona and was an active member of the Litchfield community.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Hans C. Seherr-Thoss records of the Beckwith building


Identifier: 1982-26-0
Scope and Contents Records (1982-26-0) including correspondence, estimates, leases, site plans & alterations, and newspaper articles concerning the Beckwith building on South Street for use as the Litchfield Post Office. Owners of the building were Harry Hart, Hans C. Seherr-Thoss, Henry Hodkoski, William H. Risley, and Edmund T. Crowe. Most of the correspondence involves letters from their attorney Raymond J. Devlin, Jr. Included is correspondence with the State Historic Preservation Officer; United...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1977-1981; Other: Date acquired: 05/01/1982

Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss papers


Identifier: 2006-34-0
Scope and Contents The papers of Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss (1919-2006), writer, photographer, dairy farmer, philanthropist, and long-time Litchfield, Conn., resident. The majority of the papers document the foreign travels she made with her husband Hans Christoph Seherr-Thoss (1912-1992) and family members and friends to Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, India, China, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, and other places. The papers also relate to her involvement in...
Dates: 1920-2006

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Afghanistan -- Description and travel 1
Borrego (Calif.) 1
Correspondence 1
Dairy farming -- Connecticut 1
Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Middle East 1