The Benedict-Miller House (1879)

April 29th, 2010 Posted in Houses, Stick Style, Waterbury

Dominating the ridge of Hillside Avenue, overlooking Waterbury, is the enormous mansion known as the Benedict-Miller House. A Queen Anne/Stick style extravaganza of gables, crisscross and diagonal boards and decorative railings, balustrades, braces and brackets, the house was built by the firm of Palliser, Palliser & Co. of Bridgeport for Charles Benedict. The brothers, George and Charles Palliser, specialized in Gothic and Queen Anne cottages and designed houses for P.T. Barnum. Benedict was president of the Benedict & Burnham Company, once the largest manufacturers of brass and copper appliances and fixtures in the country, and served as mayor of Waterbury in 1859-1860. Next to Benedict’s house, and once sharing with it a private drive, is another grand Stick-style mansion built for Benedict’s sister, Mary Mitchell. After Benedict’s death, in 1881, his house was owned by Charles Miller, of the Miller & Peck department store. The Benedict-Miller property was part of UCONN’s Waterbury branch campus from 1942 until 2004, when it was sold to Yeshiva Gedolah, a school for Orthodox Jews.

  1. One Response to “The Benedict-Miller House (1879)”

  2. By maureen werther on Feb 12, 2017


    I am writing a book about Sallie Miller-Smith, daughter of Charles Miller and owner of the Benedict-Miller house until her death in 1953.

    I would like to obtain permission to use this photo in the book, and I would like to know if you can give me access to any photos of the interior.

    Thank you,
    Maureen Werther

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