Helen Plumb Building (1883)

September 16th, 2017 Posted in Organizations, Public Buildings, Trumbull, Vernacular | No Comments »

From 1883 to 1957, the building at 571 Church Hill Road in Trumbull served as the Town Hall. It was Trumbull’s second Town Hall. The first Town Hall, purchased by the Town of Trumbull in 1862, was a building on Daniels Farm Road, formerly known as Beach’s Tavern. Some years ago the old second Town Hall building on Church Hill Road was renovated and it is now used by the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce. The building is named for Helen E. Plumb (1904-2001), who was town clerk in Trumbull for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Acton Library (1873)

September 15th, 2017 Posted in Colonial Revival, Folk Victorian, Libraries, Old Saybrook, Queen Anne | No Comments »

The original Acton Library building in Old Saybrook was erected in 1873 on land donated by Thomas Acton at the corner of Old Boston Post Road and Pennywise Lane. The Library was dedicated on July 4, 1874. Thomas C. Acton (1823-1898) was a New York City politician and Police Commissioner whose summer home in Old Saybrook was across the street from the library. Begun as a subscription library, it became a public library in 1904. A new Acton Library was constructed in 1967 at 60 Old Boston Post Road. The former library, at 40 Old Boston Post Road, was bought from the town by architect Robert Wendler in 1970. He converted it into a single-family residence.

James Balen House (1840)

September 14th, 2017 Posted in East Haddam, Greek Revival, Houses | No Comments »

Associated with James Balen [possibly James D. Balen (1834-1916)] the house at 26 Plains Road, across from Moodus Green in East Haddam, was built circa 1840. Today it houses offices, including the East Haddam Board of Education. Read the rest of this entry »

Jared Risley House (1860)

September 13th, 2017 Posted in East Hartford, Federal Style, Greek Revival, Houses | No Comments »

Jared Risley purchased the lot at 86-90 Burnside Avenue in East Hartford in 1827. The house that currently stands at that address was either an earlier house that he remodeled or a new house that he built on the site, possibly in the 1860s. Jared Risley (1801-1874) and his son, Seldon (1843-1905) were both carpenters. The house displays features of the Federal and Greek Revival styles.

2 Moss Street, Pawcatuck (1870)

September 12th, 2017 Posted in Gothic, Houses, Stonington | No Comments »

At 2 Moss Street in the Pawcatuck section of Stonington is a nice example of a house built in the style called “Carpenter Gothic.” The house, built circa 1870, displays the decorative bargeboards in the gables that are typical of the Gothic Revival. Moss Street contains a number of similar Carpenter Gothic cottages.

Noyes Farmhouse (1840)

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, Stonington | No Comments »

The Noyes Farmhouse, located at 8 Lester Avenue in the Pawcatuck section of Stonington, was built c. 1840-1860. It represents an earlier rural period, before the other houses on the street were erected in the early twentieth century.

St. Patrick’s Church, Mystic (1909)

September 10th, 2017 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Mystic, Stonington | No Comments »

The cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 35 East Main Street in Mystic, was laid on August 16, 1908 and the building was dedicated the following year. The parish had previously used a building on Church Street, purchased from the local Methodist church in 1870. The church on East Main has been altered in the years since it was first erected. The original Gothic entryway and tower have been replaced with less architecturally elaborate versions. A one-story parish hall was also added to the building. Read the rest of this entry »