Edgar W. Hurlock House (1909)

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 Posted in Bridgeport, Colonial Revival, Houses | No Comments »

The Colonial Revival-style house at 2333 North Avenue in Bridgeport was built in 1909 for Edgar W. Hurlock, an employee of the Prudential Insurance Company. According to The Spectator, Vol. LXXXIII, No. 10 (Thursday, September 9, 1909):

The Bridgeport staff of the Prudential held a celebration on August 21 for Superintendent Edgar W. Hurlock, who has been with the company for twenty-five years.

Ensworth Carriage House (1888)

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 Posted in Hartford, Outbuildings, Queen Anne | No Comments »

Lester L. Ensworth owned a business that produced iron and steel hardware and carriage parts. He was a partner with George H. Clark in Clark and Company, located at the corner of Front and Ferry Streets in Hartford. Ensworth became sole owner in 1892 and the company was renamed L. L. Ensworth & Son in 1901. In 1888, Ensworth moved his family into a large house on the corner of Farmington and Girard Avenues, in Hartford’s West End. The house is no longer standing, but the carriage house survives. Built in grand Queen Anne style to match the no longer extant house, the Ensworth Carriage House has a variety of Victorian features, unified by its exterior covering of shingle siding. Today, the building is home to a ballet company.

The Rev. Edward A. George House (1896)

Friday, July 31st, 2009 Posted in Houses, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, Windham | No Comments »


The 1896 home of Rev. Edward A. George, a pastor of Willimantic’s Congregational Church, at 90 Windham Street in Willimantic, displays elements of the Shingle Style, such as the distinctive curving in the front gable. Read the rest of this entry »

Briggs House (1891)

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 Posted in Houses, Norwich, Shingle Style | No Comments »


The Briggs House is an 1891 Shingle-style home on Broadway in Norwich. In 1915, it was purchased from the widow of Adam Reid by Mary Brewer Briggs and her husband, Lucius Briggs, a manager of the coal department of the Edward Chappell Company.

Dr. Micheal Gill House (1901)

Thursday, August 7th, 2008 Posted in Houses, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, West Hartford | 2 Comments »


The Queen Anne-style house of Dr. Michael Gill, who was a prominent Hartford physician, is on the the West Hartford side of Prospect Avenue. It also features aspects of the shingle and Colonial revival styles. The house was the childhood home of the doctor’s son, Brendan Gill, who attended the Kingswood School nearby and became a well-known writer and contributer to New Yorker magazine. He was also a noted preservationist.

Henry Dwight Bradburn House (1900)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 Posted in Hartford, Houses, Queen Anne, Shingle Style | No Comments »


A Queen Anne style home, which also features elements of the Gothic Revival, Shingle and Colonial Revival styles, the Henry Dwight Bradburn House, on Prospect Avenue in Hartford, is an eclectic mix. The house dates to 1900, the year Bradburn retired as manager of the Nonotuck Paper Company of Holyoke, Mass. The house bears a strong resemblance to the W. F. Clark House in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Burdett Loomis House (1885)

Monday, August 4th, 2008 Posted in Houses, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, West Hartford | No Comments »


This week we look at houses on Prospect Avenue, the border between Hartford and West Hartford. An eclectic mix of large houses were constructed here in the later nineteenth century. One of the earliest is that of Burdett Loomis, an inventor and manufacturer of gas plant machinery. A civic leader in Hartford, in 1873 he also opened a trotting horse park on New Park Avenue. This would later evolve into Charter Oak Park, which early in the twentieth century would feature Luna Park, a popular amusement park. In the late nineteenth century, Prospect Avenue was considered to be in the countryside, and around 1885, Loomis bought a c. 1845 Greek Revival farmhouse and transformed it into his country estate by adding a new Queen Anne-style section on the front.