Archive for the ‘Folk Victorian’ Category

Dudley House (1896)

Monday, February 5th, 2018 Posted in Folk Victorian, Houses, North Haven, Queen Anne | No Comments »

The Dudley House, located at 56 State Street in North Haven, was built in 1896. With its Eastlake-style porch and decorated bargeboards, it is an example of the work of local builder Solomon Linsley.

Harry L. Beach House (1885)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 Posted in Bristol, Folk Victorian, Houses | No Comments »

Greatly altered since its construction c. 1885, the house at 106 Prospect Place in Bristol is the work of builder-architect Joel T. Case. Now a multi-family home, it is listed in the nomination for the Federal Hill Historic District as the Harry L. Beach House. This is likely Henry L. Beach (1839-1922), who worked for his brother-in-law Edward Ingraham as superintendent at the E. Ingraham Clock Company.

Samuel Hitchcock House (1850)

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 Posted in Cheshire, Folk Victorian, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 402 West Main Street in Cheshire was built around 1850. It has been much altered over the years, with the finely detailed Victorian bay windows on the second floor being added later in the nineteenth century. The house’s first resident was Samuel Hitchcock, a factory owner who started manufacturing suspenders and other forms of webbing in 1853. As described in the History of New Haven County, Connecticut, Vol. I (1892), edited by J. L. Rockey:

Samuel Hitchcock, born in Cheshire in 1813, is a son of Joseph Hitchcock, also born in Cheshire. Samuel was brought up on a farm and when 19 years old engaged in the mercantile trade, following that business until about 1860. He later engaged in manufacturing suspenders, built the large factory at West Cheshire, and operated it as the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company. The factory was sold to the American Braid Company, and they afterward added the manufacture of vegetable ivory buttons. Mr. Hitchcock had the entire charge of these industries. He retired from active business in 1882. He was married in 1835, to Lucy S. Bradley, of Cheshire. They lost their last child in October, 1889.. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1885.

Henry Holdredge House (1835)

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 Posted in Folk Victorian, Groton, Houses, Mystic | 1 Comment »

The house at 17 Gravel Street in Mystic was built in 1835 by Henry Holdredge. The doorway retains the original Greek Revival pilasters and cornice, while the rest of the house was later “Victorianized” through the addition of bay windows, a Gothic-influenced pointed gable, and an elaborate canopy over the front door.

Irwin T. Guilford House (1879)

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 Posted in Cheshire, Folk Victorian, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 276 West Main Street in Cheshire is an eclectic Victorian house built c. 1879 by Irwin Tolles Guilford (1856-1881), a bookkeeper at the Cheshire Manufacturing Company. His father, Ralph Hall Gilford (1820-1886), was one of the founders of the company, where he worked as a die sinker for many years. Irwin T. Guilford died at the age of twenty-six. His son, Irwin M. Guilford, later became secretary of the Ball & Socket Manufacturing Company, created after a 1901 merger of the Cheshire Manufacturing Company and the Ball & Socket Fastener Company of New Hampshire.

Loren P. Waldo House (1860)

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 Posted in Folk Victorian, Greek Revival, Houses, Tolland | No Comments »

The house at 31 Tolland Green in Tolland was built in 1760 and has had a number of alterations over the years, including the addition of Greek Revival-style detailing and two Victorian bay windows. For a time in the nineteenth century, it was the home of Judge Loren Pinckney Waldo (1802-1881), who later sold it to Henry Underwood. Henry’s daughter Miriam was the last of the family to live in the house.

A lawyer, Loren P. Waldo served in various state offices. He served terms as a state representative, state attorney general and judge of probate. In 1849-1851, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unsuccessful at reelection, he next served as Commissioner of Pensions under President Pierce (1853-1856) and then was a Judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut (1856-1863). He later practiced law in Hartford until his death in 1881. Waldo’s address to the Connecticut Historical Society on The Early History of Tolland was published in 1861. Read the rest of this entry »

Victorian House Restaurant (1871)

Friday, December 1st, 2017 Posted in Cheshire, Folk Victorian, Houses, Italianate | No Comments »

The Victorian House Restaurant, at 226 Maple Avenue in Cheshire, was built as a private residence in 1871. Read the rest of this entry »