Walter Stockmayer was an internationally known chemist who contributed to classified research during World War II. After the war he taught at MIT and then transferred to Dartmouth in 1961. Stockmayer was drawn to the area because of the college’s proximity to the White Mountains. He was a passionate hiker and lover of the outdoors. Sylvia Stockmayer was an avid gardener.
The Stockmayer’s had strong opinions about the design of their Norwich house, wishing to have a home as a “work of art in harmony with the magnificence of their surroundings.” Their friend Lucille Zimmerman, who lived in the first New England Usonian home to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester, NH, recommended Wright’s apprentice, Allan Gelbin.