Archive for the ‘Houses’ Category

Phineas Griswold House (1789)

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Windsor | No Comments »

The house at 1312 Poquonock Avenue in Windsor was built in 1789 by Phineas Griswold. The date seems late for this to be the Phineas Griswold who was born in Windsor in 1725 and married Hepzibah Griswold. Perhaps it’s a descendant or relative.

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.

Orrin Preston Store (1840)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Greek Revival, Houses, Plymouth | No Comments »

The building at 171 East Plymouth Road in East Plymouth was built c. 1840-1860 as a house and store by merchant Orrin Preston. The store, which also used space in the back of the old Scoville House next door at 175 East Plymouth Road, was in operation through the end of the nineteenth century.

Josiah Wolcott House (1754)

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Wethersfield | No Comments »

Suggested dates for the construction of the house at 329 Wolcott Hill Road in Wethersfield have included 1734, 1754, 1764 and 1775. It is said that the nails used in building the house were made by prisoners at Old Newgate Prison. The house, which is named after Josiah Wolcott, has overhangs with dentil molding above both floors. Horace Wells, who pioneered the use of anesthesia (using nitrous oxide) in dentistry, lived in the house for a time in the 1840s [or is this a confusion with another Horace Wells (1789-1853), son of Thomas Wells?]. The Hart Seed Company began in this house in 1892 when Charles C. Hart started packaging seeds in the kitchen. In 1957 the house was purchased by Glenn Weaver, a professor of history at Trinity College who wrote a history of Hartford. His wife Emojean was a teacher at Wethersfield High School.

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.

Honan Funeral Home (1790)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Newtown | No Comments »

The house at 58 Main Street in Newtown was built c. 1790 and is now the Honan Funeral Home. In 1912, the house was purchased by William A. Honan, Sr., who had just married Margaret Hayes of Sandy Hook. It was then a two-family house, with the Honan family residing in one half and renting the other half. Honan had established his undertaking business in 1903 and stored his embalming and funeral equipment in a garage and storage rooms behind the house. He tore down the garage in 1938 and erected a new building for his funeral home, with the business on the first floor and a rental apartment on the second floor. Honen died in 1966 and in 1969 his son, William Honan, Jr, moved the funeral home into the house at 58 Main Street. He made extensive renovations to the building and the new funeral home reopened in 1970. The current Funeral Director of the three-generation business is Daniel T. Honan.

40 Main Street, Newtown (1893)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 Posted in Houses, Newtown, Queen Anne, Stick Style | No Comments »

An article last Spring (April 24, 2017) in the Newtown Bee [“New Owner Brings New Life To 40 Main Street,” by Kendra Bobowick] notes the recent renovation of an 1893 Queen Anne-style Victorian house. Around 1905, Charles H. Northrop, town treasurer, lived in the house. He was accused of embezzlement and hung himself in the house’s foyer. From 1910 into the 1920s, the house was used by the local telephone exchange. The house was used as a law office from the 1940s through 2001.