Archive for the ‘Vernacular’ Category

Seymour Antiques Company (1890)

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Seymour, Vernacular | No Comments »

The commercial building at 18-26 Bank Street in Seymour was built c. 1890. In 1913 it became home to the Seymour Furniture Company. It was later left vacant and threatened with demolition. Since 1994 it has been home to the Seymour Antiques Company, which was started by an architect couple who restored the building in phases, expanding the shop as renovations progressed.

George & Florence Woods House (1820)

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 Posted in Houses, Trumbull, Vernacular | No Comments »

The current home of the Trumbull Historical Society is the a house located at 1856 Huntington Turnpike, in the Nichols section of Trumbull. The house was built in 1820 on the property of the Nichols family, land that went back to Abraham Nichols, one of the original founders of the town of Stratford. The last of the family to live in the house was Florence Nichols Woods (died 1973), whose husband, George Woods (died 1972), was president of Bridgeport’s People’s Bank. Their estate was noted for its gardens. The couple left their property to the Nichols Methodist Church. The church did not require the property, so the house and land, known as the Woods Estate, were purchased by the town in 1974. Since 1978 the house has been rented by the Historical Society, while the grounds are now Abraham Nichols Park.

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Lewis-Griswold-Case House (1835)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 Posted in Canton, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

The older north section of the house at 80 Cherry Brook Road in Canton was built in 1835 by Daniel Lewis. Its next owner was Chauncey Griswold, a schoolteacher who became a maker of medicine. Starting in the 1840s, he produced a popular salve to treat burns and skin ailments. Griswold later lived with his daughter and her husband in the Gardner Mills House in Canton. His heirs continued to make the salve after Griswold’s death and later sold the formula to the Sisson Drug Company Hartford, which produced it until 1955 when it was discontinued due to its high lead content. The house was enlarged in 1893 by William Case, who brought down the ell from another property.

Wyant Homestead (1815)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 Posted in Houses, Oxford, Vernacular | No Comments »

Known as the Wyant Homestead, the house at 82 Woodside Avenue in Oxford was built in 1815 by Captain Ebenezar Johnson, a veteran of the War of 1812. He built the barn first in 1814 and lived in it until he completed the house the following year.

James Leavenworth House (1842)

Saturday, December 30th, 2017 Posted in Houses, Roxbury, Vernacular | No Comments »

The house at 28 Church Street in Roxbury was built c. 1842 by James Leavenworth (b. 1815). It was later owned by Charles Beardsley (1807-1888), builder of the Roxbury Congregational Church, and continued in his family until it was acquired by the church for use as a parsonage. It was the church’s second parsonage, used after the house at 16 Church Street, built in 1883, which is now a private residence. Read the rest of this entry »

Down Homestead (1875)

Friday, December 29th, 2017 Posted in Houses, Vernacular, Windsor | No Comments »

Horace Bower developed the residential block on Prospect Street in Windsor after the Civil War. One of the brick houses, erected c. 1875, is the residence known as the Bower Homestead, at 40 Prospect Street. It is next door to a nearly identical brick house built around the same time, the infamous Archer-Gilligan Murder House at 37 Prospect Street.

Mills Homestead (1821)

Monday, December 25th, 2017 Posted in Canton, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

Merry Christmas from Historic Buildings of Connecticut!

The house pictured above, with a silhouette nativity scene in front, is located at 100 Barbourtown Road in Canton. It was built in 1821 as a story and a half house by Uriah Hosford, who raised it to two full stories in 1850. Hosford was a deacon of the First Congregational Church in Canton Center. The house was later owned by Deacon Archibald Mills, a Civil War veteran and farmer, who had an apple orchard and grew broadleaf tobacco and hay. In 1891, Mills removed the house’s large stone chimney and fireplaces. In 1902, he added onto the house a photographic studio for his son, Lewis. The studio later became a kitchen after another son, Irwin, married Bertha Hosford. Irwin Mills grew Canton’s last tobacco crop c. 1946-1947.

Lewis Sprague Mills (1874-1965) was an educator with a lifelong interest in photography. Lame in the left leg after an injury at the age of three, Lewis wore a steel brace for the rest of his life, but still labored for his father as a full-time field hand. He later used photography to support himself through school at Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor‘s degree in education in 1908 and master‘s degree in school administration in 1912. Lewis S. Mills worked as a teacher and then as a school supervisor in Burlington and Harwinton, while also continuing to be an avid photographer of local scenes. He is particularly known for his collection of over 500 photographs of Connecticut school houses. After retiring he edited The Lure of the Litchfield Hills magazine and wrote The Story of Connecticut (1932). Lewis S. Mills High School, which serves Burlington and Harwinton, is named for him.