Archive for the ‘Vernacular’ Category

Fitch-Sackett House & Store (1860)

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 Posted in Andover, Commercial Buildings, Public Buildings, Vernacular | No Comments »

15 Center St

The building at 15 Center Street in Andover, built c. 1860, was originally the house and store of Jasper A. Fitch. Fitch’s father was a shoemaker, so he may have apprenticed to his uncle, William (or was it Henry?), a merchant in Hebron. Frederick A. Sackett, who came to Andover from Rhode Island, was a later storekeeper. F. A. Sackett also served as town clerk, treasurer and judge of the Andover Probate District. In 1938 the Andover Volunteer Fire Department was formed and the town acquired the Sackett store, which was remodeled to become a fire house. A third bay for vehicles was added to the existing two in 1955. Another bay was added in 1982. The Fire Department later moved to Andover’s new Public Safety Complex.

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Leverett Thomas House (1825)

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 Posted in Bethany, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

Leverett Thomas House, Bethany

Real estate sites date the house at 11 Fairwood Road in Bethany to 1825. It was certainly standing by the time it was deeded to Leverett Thomas by Hezekiah Thomas in 1841. It was acquired by Justus Peck ten years later and in 1889 it passed to his son in law, Samuel R. Woodward. Peack and Woodward ran Clover Nook Farm, down the road. The house was divided into two tenements that housed farm workers. In 1905 Woodward sold the house to Nelson J. Peck, who added the porch on the left side. Peck and his family lived in the house until 1922.

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Jonathan Foot House (1810)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 Posted in Branford, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

Jonathan Foote House, Branford

Built c. 1809-1810, the house at 81-83 East Main Street in Branford was originally the home of Jonathan Foot (1772-1851), a cabinetmaker and undertaker. The house descended to his daughter, Clarissa, who had married Dr. Isaac Palmer Leete. The house has an addition that was probably built by Dr. Leete to use as his office. In 1885 the east part of the house was sold to Eliza Robbins and it may be at that time the house was converted to its current configuration as a duplex.

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Center School, Prospect (1867)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 Posted in Prospect, Schools, Vernacular | No Comments »

Center School, Prospect

Center School is a one-room school house built on the Green in Prospect in 1867 at a cost of $900. It was erected to replace an earlier school house that had burned. The building was used as a school until the nearby Community School was built in 1936. The old school house was then used for various purposes by the town until it became a museum operated by the Prospect Historical Society.

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Dexter-Wallace House (1834)

Monday, May 30th, 2016 Posted in Houses, Mansfield, Vernacular | No Comments »

Dexter-Wallace House

According to Mansfield Four Corners (2003), by Rudy J. Favretti, the house at 1637 Storrs Road in Mansfield was built sometime between 1818 and 1834 by Darius Dexter. It had many owners over the years and was acquired in 1931 by Raymond H. Wallace (1899-1965), professor of plant physiology at UCONN. He and his wife made alterations to the house which included the addition of a sun room.

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Old Town Hall, Willington (1876)

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 Posted in Public Buildings, Vernacular, Willington | No Comments »

Old Willington Town Hall

Although it resembles a typical one-room school house, the building next to the Old Congregational Church on Willington Common was actually built as the Town of Willington’s first Town Hall. It and the church were erected the same year, 1876, symbolizing the role of town and Ecclesiastical Society for the community as represented by their two meeting spaces. The builder of the Town Hall was Lorenzo Ide. Eventually, in 1920s, the church itself came to be used as Willington’s second Town Hall.

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Lucius Chapman House (1834)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 Posted in Ellington, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

Lucius Chapman House

The Lucius Chapman House, at 87 Maple Street in Ellington, was built in 1834. It has a later Italianate entrance porch. As related in “Ellington, ” by Alice E. Pinney (The Connecticut Magazine, Vol. IV, No. 2, 1898):

About the beginning of the present century the business of the town changed its location again to a point on the old turnpike a mile east of the present center, near the junction with the road leading to Stafford, where a thriving store was kept in an old red gambrel-roofed house by Dr. James Steele of Tolland. Although he bore the professional title of doctor, he is recorded as being a merchant and a farmer. He died in 1819. Lucius Chapman is said to have kept the store from 1825 until 1856. when he sold out and went West and the place was abandoned for store purposes.

As noted by Henry Willey in Isaac Willey of New London, Conn., and His Descendants (1888), Rebecca Willey, daughter of Asa and Rebecca Wass Willey, was born in 1798 and in 1830 married

Lucius Chapman, a merchant of Ellington, Conn. They removed to Illinois, and were living there in 1861.

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