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St. Joseph’s School (1907)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 Posted in Renaissance Revival, Schools, Windham | No Comments »

The building at 21 Valley Street in Willimantic was built in 1907 as a school by St. Joseph Catholic Parish. As described in A Modern History of Windham County, Connecticut, Vol. I (1920)

The school was established by the late [Rev.] Florimond DeBruycker, and he was the first principal, taking a constant and devoted interest in the work, from the beginning in 1878 until his death in 1902.

The first school sessions were held in April, 1878, with six Sisters of Charity of Tilburg, Holland, in charge. Sessions were held in the basement of the church for the boys and in the convent (now the Nurses’ Home) for the girls. The number of children increased so rapidly that another building was erected two years later on Valley Street, which remained in use until torn down in 1907 to make room for a more pretentious structure.

Today, St. Mary-St. Joseph School is located next door, at 35 Valley Street. The former St. Joseph School building has most recently been used as an adult education center.

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.

Atlantic Screw Works (1902)

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 Posted in Hartford, Industrial, Renaissance Revival | No Comments »

At the corner of Charter Oak Avenue and Wyllys Street in Hartford is a former factory complex erected by the Atlantic Screw Works, which built machines to manufacture screws. The company was established in 1877 in New York State, but moved to Hartford in 1879. It was originally based in rented space in the Colt Armory. By 1902 the company was ready to erect its own building. The earliest section of their new factory (on the right in the image above) was built in 1902-1903. The longer section (on the left in the image above), designed by Davis & Brooks, was built c. 1910 and more than doubled the company’s operating capabilities. The company lasted into the 1970s and the building was converted to office space in the 1980s.

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.

Hotchkiss Block (1880)

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 Posted in Ansonia, Commercial Buildings, Renaissance Revival | No Comments »

The Hotchkiss Block in Ansonia is a commercial building at 54-64 Main Street. It was part of a row of buildings erected by 1881 that were owned by W & L Hotchkiss Company, builders, which dissolved in 1885.

55 Wall Street, Norwalk (1890)

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Norwalk, Renaissance Revival | No Comments »

The red brick commercial building at 55 Wall Street in Norwalk was built circa 1890. The ground floor has a modern storefront.

837-849 Chapel Street, New Haven (1878; 1882; 1912)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Italianate, Libraries, New Haven, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival | 1 Comment »

Chapel Street

Part of a row of historic buildings on Chapel Street in New Haven are two structures with Queen Anne and Eastlake design elements. Located at nos. 841-843 and 845-847, both were built in 1878. They are currently owned by the Young Men’s Institute and the second and third floors at 847 Chapel Street (above no. 845) are the current home of the Institute Library, founded in 1826. Just west is the Optical Building, at 849 Chapel Street, built in 1912 and designed by Leoni Robinson. To the east is the English Building at 837-839 Chapel Street, named for Henry F. English. It was built in 1882, but after a fire a new Renaissance Revival facade by Leoni Robinson was installed in 1898.