J.C. Brown House (1833)

February 16th, 2008 Posted in Bristol, Greek Revival, Houses


The J.C. Brown House was originally built, on Maple Street in Bristol, for the clockmaker Lawson Ives in 1833. Lawson and his uncle Chauncey Ives began the clock-making firm of C. and L.C. Ives in 1830. The company eventually failed in the wake of the 1837 Panic and ensuing depression. The house was sold in 1844 to J.C. Brown, another clockmaker, who often had the image of his house painted tablet of his ogee shelf clocks. After his bankruptcy in 1856, Brown’s clock company was bought by the E.N. Welch Manufacturing Company (later to become the Sessions Clock Company). The Greek Revival style Brown House has two entrances with columned porticos: the one facing Maple Street (west elevation) has Ionic columns and the one facing Woodland Street (south elevation) has Doric columns. The house has been converted for use as offices.

  1. 6 Responses to “J.C. Brown House (1833)”

  2. By Katie on Jul 29, 2012

    I have a clock that has a picture of this house and the name “J. C. Brown Esq. Bristol, CT.” Who can I talk to about this clock? I’m in Indiana.

  3. By SR on Jul 26, 2013

    Try the American Clock and Watch museum of Bristol, CT. They are actual located across the street from this house.

  4. By JL on Jul 21, 2016

    The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has a watercolor of that clock in their collection, by the artist Francis Law Durand.


  5. By Thomas wilcoxson on Oct 19, 2016

    I too have a clock with this home printed on the glass. Still functions although some of the interior workings have been replaced

  6. By Mary Midkiff on Oct 11, 2017

    I have one of these clocks also. Could not find a date but it says sold by D.S. Crosby, 1 Courtland St,Gilsey Buildings, NY. Any idea of value?

  7. By Debby Decker on Jan 8, 2018

    I have one too with Chauncey Jerome label inside.

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