Salvation Army, Bristol (1891)

December 25th, 2016 Posted in Bristol, Churches, Vernacular | No Comments »

Merry Christmas! Pictured above is the Salvation Army’s Bristol Worship and Service Center at 19 Stearns Street in Bristol. Much altered over the years, the building was erected in 1891 for the Swedish Lutheran Lebanon Congregational Church (later simplified to Lebanon Lutheran Church), founded in 1887. In 1963 Lebanon Lutheran merged with Bethesda Lutheran Church of Forestville to form Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The newly formed church erected a new building on Camp Street in Forestville and the old building on Stearns Street was sold to the Salvation Army, which had previously had its headquarters on Prospect Street.

William S. Nevins House (1840)

December 24th, 2016 Posted in Farmington, Greek Revival, Houses | No Comments »

William S. Nevins built the Greek Revival house at 21 Main Street in Farmington around 1840. He sold the house soon after, in 1843, to Samuel Burgess, who sold it six years later to the sisters Clarissa K. Jones (d. 1881) and Belinda Jones (d. 1883). The house had a number of owners through the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Abraham Brainerd House (1861)

December 23rd, 2016 Posted in Haddam, Houses, Italianate | No Comments »

As related in The Genealogy of the Brainerd Family in the United States, with Numerous Sketches of Individuals (1857), by David Dudley Field:

Abraham Brainerd [of Higganum] married Almira M. Clark, of Southwick, Massachusetts, June 5, 1840, and has two children:

  • Francis Gertrude Brainerd, born Aug. 15, 1841.
  • William ” ” July 29, 1849.

    They lived on the paternal homestead a few years, and then moved to Madison. They keep a house of entertainment on the shore of the Sound, near the East Wharf, where they furnish sea food for those who call upon them, or board with them. Among the latter are numbers, especially in the warm season of the year, seeking health from sea air and sea food.

  • The family returned to Higganum (in Haddam) where Abraham Brainerd built the vernacular Italianate house at 34 Maple Avenue on land he had acquired from Orrin Freeman in 1861. As related in The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America, Vol. II (1908), by Lucy Abigail Brainard:

    He was commissioner on ferries from 1869 to ’74, inclusive. He was grand juror in 1862; justice of the peace from 1846 to ’51, inclusive; selectman in 1847; notary public and postmaster at Higganum for three years, and commissioner of the Superior Court from 1869 to ’75, inclusive. He was a representative from Haddam in 1846, and nominated delegate to the Whig State Convention in 1848. He lived in the Brainerd district, Higganum, Conn. Mr. Abraham Brainerd d. Aug. 7, 1884, ae. 68 yrs. Mrs. Almira M. (Clark) Brainerd d. Aug. 5, 1890.

    Branford Block (1925)

    December 22nd, 2016 Posted in Art Deco, Branford, Commercial Buildings | No Comments »

    Later known as the Branford Block, the Art Deco-style building at 221 Montowese Street in Branford was built c. 1925-1930 by Connecticut Light & Power Company. The terrazzo entry floor has a sunburst pattern with the letters “CL&P Co.”

    Joseph Nelson Linsley House (1850)

    December 21st, 2016 Posted in Branford, Houses, Italianate | No Comments »

    In 1850, Joseph Nelson Linsley (born 1817) built the house at 138-146 (aka 156) Main Street in Branford on land given to him by his father, Joseph Linsley (1772-1859). Linsley also had a joiner’s shop on the property.

    Dawson’s Corner Store (1884)

    December 20th, 2016 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Vernacular, Woodbury | No Comments »

    The building on the left in the image above is the Woodbury Town Archive Building. Next to it, on the right, is a building that was opened in 1884 as the Corner Store by G. F. Morris and Louis E. Dawson. They sold dry goods, clothing and groceries. Starting in 1889, Morris was also the postmaster, a position taken over by Dawson when Morris left for another store in Hotchkissville in 1893. The building had several additions over the years as the store continued under the management of Louis Dawson’s sons, L. Clyde and Jim Dawson. The store eventually closed in the 1940s.

    Ebenezer Bunnell House (1740)

    December 19th, 2016 Posted in Cheshire, Colonial, Houses | No Comments »

    The Colonial Cape at 87 Main Street in Cheshire was built c. 1740 and was originally the home of Ebenezer Bunnell (1713-1786). A succession of families owned the house, including Ira Bronson of Wolcott, who operated a blacksmith shop on the property from 1834 to 1842. It is also known as the Belknap House.