North West Center School, Guilford (1848)

January 11th, 2018 Posted in Greek Revival, Guilford, Houses, Schools | No Comments »

Guilford‘s North West Center School, a one-room school house, was built in 1848. It originally had a columned portico with three steps leading up to the entrance. It served as a school until a consolidation of schools in town in 1871. An agricultural class was taught here in 1922, but the building, located at 85 Fair Street, is now a private home. It once sat further back on its lot, but was then moved closer to the street. The bay windows are also a later addition.

Chrysler House (1825)

January 10th, 2018 Posted in Chaplin, Federal Style, Houses | No Comments »

Built circa 1825-1830, the house at 15 Chaplin Street in Chaplin is known as the Chrysler House for the family that owned it for much of he twentieth century. The least ornate of the three brick houses in the Chaplin Historic District (the others are the Whitter House and the Goodell House), all built around the same time), the Chrysler House has been much altered over the years. A front porch, which covered part of the original fan light over the door, was later removed, but the fan light remains filled in. The interior has been altered, with the original central stairs replaced by a large parlor. A notable resident of the house was Sidney V. Chrysler, a puppeteer whose puppet theater was housed in an ell of the house. The theater is now part of the collections of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UCONN.

Henry Holdredge House (1835)

January 9th, 2018 Posted in Folk Victorian, Groton, Houses, Mystic | No Comments »

The house at 17 Gravel Street in Mystic was built in 1835 by Henry Holdredge. The doorway retains the original Greek Revival pilasters and cornice, while the rest of the house was later “Victorianized” through the addition of bay windows, a Gothic-influenced pointed gable, and an elaborate canopy over the front door.

Chilson-Bailey House (1750)

January 8th, 2018 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Middlefield | No Comments »

The house at 19 High Street in Middlefield is thought to have been built c. 1750 by Asaph Chilson adjacent to his parents’ house on land they then owned. Asaph acquired ownership of the property, including both houses, in 1756 (his parents had moved to another house the previous year). He sold the property in 1759 to John Lyman and Abraham Camp, whose half-shares were soon acquired by Samuel Russell. In 1770, Russell sold the property (now having only one dwelling house) to Richard Miller. It remained in Miller’s family until it was acquired by Oliver Bailey in 1813. Bailey was married to Anna Wetmore, whose mother had been Richard Miller’s first wife. The surrounding neighborhood would become known as Baileyville after Oliver and Anner’s grandson, Alfred M. Bailey, who contributed to the area’s industrial development, building a dam at Lake Beseck c. 1850.

Grace Episcopal Church – Noank Museum (1902)

January 7th, 2018 Posted in Churches, Craftsman, Groton | No Comments »

The building at 17-21 Sylvan Street in Noank was built in 1902 as Grace Episcopal Church. Since 1967 it has been the Noank Historical Museum, operated by the Noank Historical Society.

Yale-Beach Building (1900)

January 6th, 2018 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Italianate, Organizations, Seymour | No Comments »

The Yale-Beach building, on the left in the image above, is a commercial structure at 143-149 Main Street in downtown Seymour. Built in 1900-1901, the building had a Masonic Hall, which became home to Morning Star Lodge No. 47 in 1901. The building on the right (151-13 Main Street), was built in 1902.

Samuel Hart, Jr. House (1813)

January 5th, 2018 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Old Saybrook | No Comments »

In 1813, Samuel Hart Jr. built the Federal-style house at the current address of 64 Cromwell Place in the North Cove Historic District in Old Saybrook. Capt. Samuel Doty, a mariner in the West Indies trade and a shipbuilder, had an earlier house on the site. It was torn down to built the current house.