Sentinel Block (1881)

November 1st, 2017 Posted in Ansonia, Commercial Buildings, Italianate

The Ansonia Housing Authority is located at 36 Main Street in Ansonia, at the end of a row of adjoining commercial blocks on the west side of Main Street, just south of the intersection with the Maple Street Bridge. The building displays the date 1881 under its cornice. It is sometimes called the Sentinel Block (it is given this name in the nomination for the Upper Main Street Historic District) because it was once home to the the offices of the Naugatuck Sentinel newspaper. In the book Derby and Ansonia (in Arcadia Press’s Then and Now series, 2004), it is referred to as the Gardella Building, a name that the the Historic District nomination gives for the two adjacent buildings just to the south.

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