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Deacon Darius Knight House (1825)

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 Posted in Chaplin, Federal Style, Greek Revival, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 93 Chaplin Street in Chaplin has been dated variously to 1840, 1832 and 1825. It was the home of Deacon Darius Knight. The house next south on Chaplin Street, just past the intersection with Tower Hill Road (87 Chaplin Street), was the home of E. W. Day, so the intersection became known as Knight and Day Corner. The Knight House was later home to a minister and a doctor.

Old Basket Shop, Silvermine (1850)

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Houses, Industrial, Norwalk, Vernacular | No Comments »

The historic structure at 187 Perry Avenue, in the Silvermine section of Norwalk, was built c. 1850. It is located along the Silvermine River, just next to the Perry Avenue Bridge. Often called the Blacksmith Shop, it was used as a basketmaker’s shop in the later nineteenth century and is now a residence. Frank Townsend Hutchens, a painter, purchased the building in 1913 and it has since been owned by a succession of singers, writers, and sculptors over the years, including Tony Balcom, an etcher, painter and illustrator and a founder of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in 1922.

Page-Malone House (1905)

Monday, October 30th, 2017 Posted in Bristol, Folk Victorian, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 91 Bellevue Avenue in Bristol was erected c. 1905 for DeWitt Page (1869-1940), an Industrialist, philanthropist, and owner of Thoroughbred racehorses. Originally from Meriden, DeWitt Page worked his way up from the shipping department to become president of the New Departure Manufacturing Company. He married Mae Belle Rockwell, sister of Albert Rockwell, founder of New Departure. In 1933, DeWitt and Mae Page gifted Page Park to the City of Bristol. They only lived in the house at 91 Bellevue until about 1917, when their new mansion was completed at 181 Grove Street (the mansion was demolished in 1971). The Bellevue Avenue house was then owned by William J. Malone (1879-1961), a judge of the city court who also presided as Speaker of the state House of Representatives.

John Gladding House (1825)

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 Posted in Deep River, Federal Style, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 11 Union Street in Deep River was built c. 1825 by John Gladding, a joiner (he may have constructed the house himself). Alphonso C. Pratt, who owned the house from 1911 to 1924, held patents for the design of a grommet and others for grommet-making apparatus.

Samuel Thorpe House (1701)

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Wallingford | No Comments »

The saltbox house at 220 Thorpe Avenue in Wallingford may date to as early as 1701. At that time the property was owned by Samuel Thorpe, one of the town’s first settlers. He may have been a nonconformist who chose to live away from the center of town. The fact that the house is possibly old enough to be one of the three oldest houses in town was only recently discovered by a realtor in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Ensworth House (1805)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 Posted in Andover, Federal Style, Houses | No Comments »

249 Route 6

In the late eighteenth century, John Ensworth built a house at what is now 249 Route 6 in Andover. The current house at that address is nearly identical to the nearby Isaiah Daggett House, built in 1805, so it is likely they were both built around the same time. The property had remained in the Ensworth family: Jedidiah Ensworth was living in the house in 1860. There is also a historic barn on the property.

Calvin Willey House (1776)

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Tolland | No Comments »

The house at 41 Tolland Green in Tolland was built circa 1776. In the early nineteenth century, it became the home of Calvin Willey (1776-1858), postmaster and judge of probate, who served as a United States Senator from 1825 to 1831. Willey was chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture in the Nineteenth Congress. After leaving Congress, he returned to his law practice. The house was later acquired by Minnie Helen Hicks, who opened it as a guest house called Meadow Crest. It is now owned by the United Congregational Church of Tolland.