Capt. Elijah Johnson House (1780)

January 31st, 2014 Posted in Colonial, East Hampton, Houses | Comments Off

58 Moodus Rd., Middle Haddam

At 58 Moodus Road in Middle Haddam, East Hampton is a house built between 1780 and 1786 for a sea captain named Elijah Johnson. The house is built into the side of a slope and has original foundation walls on two sides.

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Mount St. John School (1908)

January 30th, 2014 Posted in Deep River, Organizations, Romanesque Revival, Schools | Comments Off

Mt St John

St. John’s Industrial School, a Catholic residential school for boys in need of care, was established in Hartford in 1904. An impressive new building for the school, overlooking the Connecticut River, was built in Deep River in 1907-1908. The school was staffed by the Xaverian Brothers, a worldwide teaching congregation, until 1919. An orphanage for boys in Hartford, run Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, moved to the site in Deep River and the Sisters of St. Joseph administered the home and school until 1958. Over the years, many additions were made to the facility, which evolved into a a Home and School for Boys. The residential program closed in June 2013 and in September The Academy at Mount Saint John (135 Kirtland Street, Deep River) reopened as a Clinical Day School.

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Music Vale Seminary Barn (1849)

January 29th, 2014 Posted in Outbuildings, Salem, Vernacular | Comments Off

Music Vale Seminary Barn

In the nineteenth century, Salem was home to what is considered to be the first music conservatory (the first degree-granting school of music, or at least music teaching certificate-granting school) in the United States. Founded around 1835 by Orramel Whittlesey, son of the local Methodist minister Rev. John Whittlesey, the school was first called Mr. Whittlesey’s School, later the Salem Normal Academy of Music, and eventually the Music Vale Seminary. Young women from all over the country came to attend the school. After its original rambling classroom building burned down in 1868, it was replaced by an elaborate Italianate structure. The school closed soon after Whittlesey’s death in 1876 and the main building was destroyed by fire in 1897. The school’s large barn, built c. 1849, does survive. It is typical of an “English barn,” a type also called a side-entry or eave entry barn, a “thirty by forty” (based on its dimensions), a “Yankee barn” or a “Connecticut Barn.” The school‘s farm played an important role for the institution, supplying animals and crops. The Bodman family later owned the Music Vale property and donated much of it to the Salem Land Trust. The barn is now part of what is known as Music Vale Farm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Central National Bank (1915)

January 28th, 2014 Posted in Banks, Middletown, Neoclassical | Comments Off

363 Main St., Middletown

The Central National Bank Building, at 363 Main Street in Middletown, was built in 1915. The bank was in business from 1865 to 1955. Considered to be the first modern office building in Middletown, it later housed Hartford National Bank and Trust and now Webster Bank.

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Farrington Building (1925)

January 27th, 2014 Posted in Colonial Revival, Commercial Buildings, Waterbury | Comments Off

Farrington Building

The Farrington Building, located at 131-141 West Main Street in Waterbury, was constructed in c. 1925-1930 as an addition to the Westerly Apartments, a c. 1890 Queen Anne building. The Farrington Building is a two-story Georgian Revival retail and office structure. In 1935, the First Federal Savings & Loan Association, now known as Webster Bank, opened on the building‘s second floor. Its only employees were the company’s founder, Harold Webster Smith and a clerk. Smith started his new business during the Great Depression under the federal government’s National Housing Act, passed in 1934 to stimulate the economy and make housing construction and home mortgages more affordable. Webster Bank now has thousands of employees and numerous branches.

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Former Methodist Church, Middlebury (1832)

January 26th, 2014 Posted in Churches, Greek Revival, Middlebury | Comments Off

Hilliard House, Westover School

Across from the Town Hall and the Congregational Church, next to the Green in Middlebury, is a former Methodist Church, built in 1832. The building was acquired by the neighboring Westover School in 1923. Inside, the pulpit was replaced by a colonial revival fireplace. It was used as a student “tea bureau” until 1932, then as the school library from 1935 to 1984. Now known as Hilliard House, it is used by the school for its alumnae and development departments and to house the school archives.

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Estate Manager’s Cottage, Avon Old Farms School (1923)

January 25th, 2014 Posted in Avon, Houses, Schools, Tudor Revival | Comments Off

Avon Old Farms

Among the buildings designed by Theodate Pope Riddle for Avon Old Farms school was an Estate Manager’s House. Located near the Water Tower, Forge and Chapel, the cottage was built c. 1922-1923. With its half-timbering and brick nogging, it resembles the traditional English houses of Sussex and Surrey. It is now known as the Gate House. Read the rest of this entry »

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