Archive for the ‘Commercial Buildings’ Category

C. L. Adams Company (1878)

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Vernacular, Woodbury | No Comments »

The store at 47 Main Street South in Woodbury was built in 1878. Starting out as a feed and lumber store run by Nathan Burton, the business changed ownership many times. In 1905 it took the name C. L. Adams Company for Carl L. Adams, one of the store’s owners. Adams sold his part of the business in 1920, but was then paid $60 annually for the continued use of his name. The store has continued as an animal feed and hardware store, operated since 1941 by the Newell family.

Morse and Norton’s Block (1880)

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 Posted in Apartment Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Italianate, Meriden | No Comments »

Morse and Norton’s Block is an Italianate-style commercial and apartment building built in 1880 at 72-80 East Main Street in Meriden. One of the two original owners of the building was Samuel L Norton (1821-1902). In more recent times, tenants had to abandon the building in early 2014 after the back wall of the eastern half partially collapsed. Work to repair the structure was greatly facilitated the following year when the building, still divided between two owners, became the property of a single owner.

J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home (1937)

Monday, September 4th, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Meriden, Renaissance Revival | No Comments »

Starting in 1890, John J. Ferry was a liverymen in Meriden. With his two sons, Thomas L. Ferry, Sr. and William A. Ferry, he formed the undertaking firm of John J. Ferry & Sons. John J. Ferry died in 1918, leaving the business to his sons. In 1937 they erected the building at 88 East Main Street in Meriden where the fourth generation continues the funeral home business.

The Viking (1910)

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 Posted in Apartment Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Hartford, Italianate | No Comments »

As displayed on the sign on its roofline, the building at the corner of Broad and Russ Streets in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford is called “The Viking” and was built in 1910. The building was restored in 1984.

Bellin Building (1917)

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Folk Victorian, Seymour, Vernacular | No Comments »

The Bellin Building is an early twentieth century vernacular “triple decker” commercial building (with an intact storefront) at 14-16 Bank Street in Seymour. It was built in 1917.

Mitchell-Williams Store (1904)

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Southbury, Vernacular | No Comments »

Featuring a distinctive “picturesque vernacular” design, the general store at 667 South Britain Road in Southbury has served the village of South Britain since it was built in 1903-1904. It was originally the store of George W. Mitchell, who built it on the site of a previous store that had burned. Mitchell also had interests in Kansas, where he was president of the Goodrich Cattle Company. Mitchell‘s daughter Abbie Evelyn married Charles Williams, who succeeded his father-in-law as proprietor in 1926. The second floor of the building has apartments. The store is also notable for having a cast iron storefront manufactured by the George L. Mesker Company of Evansville, Indiana.

Fox Block (1905)

Monday, July 3rd, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Meriden, Renaissance Revival | No Comments »

The Fox Block, or Fox Building, at 88-92 West Main Street, corner of Butler Street, in Meriden, was built in 1905. It was designed by the Meriden architect David B. Bloomfield.