CONNECTICUT REAL ESTATE HISTORY

DisastersHartfordRomanesqueTransportation
July 15, 2024

Union Station (Hartford)

Union Station, Hartford, Connecticut: Since 1889, Hartford's main rail passenger depot has been Union Station. Master architect Henry Hobson Richardson designed the station in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.…
HartfordListingsNewsQueen Anne Revival
July 8, 2024

26 Hungerford Street

26 Hungerford Street, Hartford, Connecticut: 26 Hungerford Street, Hartford, Connecticut: A stone's throw from the Connecticut State Capitol is a street named for one of Hartford's founders, Thomas…
DemolishedHartfordMansionsNewsQueen Anne Revival
July 5, 2024

Charles Dudley Warner Residence

Charles Dudley Warner Residence, Hartford, Connecticut: In Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood there once stood the residence of famed author, Charles Dudley Warner. His Victorian-era mansion on Hawthorn Street…
Historical MarkersMeriden
February 17, 2024

Connecticut’s Blue Town Signs: Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut: 1661 - Meriden area first settled when Jonathan Gilbert is granted land by Connecticut Colony and employs Edward Higbee to operate an inn. 1670 - Greater…
ItalianateNew Haven
February 15, 2024

Edward Roland House

Edward Roland House, New Haven, Connecticut: At 42 Academy Street in Wooster Square is an Italianate duplex built around 1865. The house is likely named for the family…
ChurchesColonial RevivalDanbury
February 9, 2024

First Congregational Church of Danbury

First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut: Long before American Independence, eight pioneers from Norwalk purchased land in Danbury from the Potatuck Indians in 1684. The colonists and their families,…
Gothic RevivalHartfordMuseums
February 1, 2024

Wadsworth Atheneum

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut: Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum is America’s oldest public art museum. The story of the atheneum began with the birth of its founder,…
MuseumsParksStratfordTowers
November 22, 2023

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum, Stratford, Connecticut: On 32 acres in the Putney section of Stratford is a collection of 28 unique buildings within Boothe Memorial Park and…
ColonialDurham
October 26, 2023

Moses Austin House

Moses Austin House, Durham, Connecticut: At 239 Main Street is a modified saltbox home built in 1754, yet part of the structure may have been built in the…
Gothic RevivalHartfordMonumentsParksTowers
October 16, 2023

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch

Aerial view of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, 1892. 1886 State Capitol & Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, 1895. 1905 (c.) 1910 (c.) 2018 Soldiers and Sailors Memorial…
New HavenTransportationWaterways
October 10, 2023

Long Wharf Pier

Long Wharf, New Haven, Connecticut: Long Wharf has been a major landmark for commerce in New Haven since the 17th century. In 1663, Samuel Bache received the first…
Gothic RevivalMeridenParks
September 20, 2023

Castle Craig

Castle Craig, Meriden, Connecticut: On East Peak in the Hanging Hills of Meriden is an observation tower constructed of trap rock. The structure is 32 feet tall and…
LighthousesNew HavenNewsOctagonParks
September 18, 2023

Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, Connecticut: At the southern tip of New Haven's East Shore section is Lighthouse Point Park. The location used to be one of the…
ItalianateMansionsNew Haven
September 11, 2023

John Pitkin Norton House

John Pitkin Norton House, New Haven, Connecticut: Now known as Steinbach Hall on the campus of Yale University, the John Pitkin Norton House John Pitkin Norton House was…
ColonialDurhamGreek Revival
August 29, 2023

Elias Austin House

Elias Austin House, Durham, Connecticut:  In 1743, Elias Austin* bought land from Robert Fairchild for 153 pounds and built a Colonial style house on Main Street. This Durham…
HartfordItalianateMansions
August 14, 2023

Ashmead-Colt House

Ashmead-Colt House, Hartford, Connecticut: On Wethersfield Avenue stands an Italianate mansion built in 1859 for James Ashmead (across the street from Samuel Colt’s Armsmear). Ashmead and his partner,…
Colonial RevivalMansionsNew Haven
August 10, 2023

2095 Chapel Street

2095 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut: This grandiose Colonial Revival home roared into existence in 1920. The house has 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a 3-car…
Gothic RevivalHartfordNews
August 7, 2023

Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut:  “Overlooking Hartford's 41-acre Bushnell Memorial Park, the Connecticut State Capitol first opened for the General Assembly in January, 1879. Constructed of New England marble…
ColonialDurham
May 29, 2023

Ithamar Parsons House

Ithamar Parsons House, Durham, Connecticut: At 57 Middlefield Road is a Colonial house dating back to as far as 1733. Ithamar Parsons (1707-1786) lived here with his wife,…
Art DecoBridgesStratfordTransportation
April 8, 2023

James Farm Road Bridge

James Farm Road Bridge, Stratford, Connecticut: In 1940, residents of Stratford feared a proposed route of the Merritt Parkway by the Connecticut Highway Department, and they successfully petitioned…
MuseumsStratford
April 7, 2023

Connecticut Air & Space Center

Connecticut Air & Space Center, Stratford, Connecticut: Located next to Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport is a museum dedicated to the history of aviation in the Nutmeg State.…
Collegiate GothicMansionsNew Haven
March 2, 2023

2150 Chapel Street

2150 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut: This single-family fortress in Westville was built in 1937. The mansion is 7,272 square feet on 1.4 acres with 5 bedrooms and…
AbandonedDanburyFixer-upperMansionsOctagon
March 2, 2023

Octagon House

Octagon House, Danbury, Connecticut: At 21 Spring Street is an octagon-shaped house built in 1852. In its heyday the home was the grandest of any eight-sided dwelling in…
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March 1, 2023

Meriden City Hall

Meriden City Hall, Meriden, Connecticut: On East Main Street, Meriden’s first town hall was erected in 1854, costing $60,000. Following its dedication in 1858, Reverend Henry Ward Beecher…
NeoclassicalNew HavenNewsSchools
January 31, 2023

Kirtland Hall

Kirtland Hall, New Haven, Connecticut: At 2 Hillhouse Avenue is a four-story Classical Revival built of brownstone in 1902. One of New Haven’s most generous philanthropists, Lucy Hall…
HartfordTransportation
January 27, 2023

Asylum Street

Asylum Street, Hartford, Connecticut: Flood of 1936. Traffic, 1935. Morning rush, 1923. Majestic Theatre, 1925. Looking East from High Street, 1917. Blizzard, 1888. Horse and buggy, 1895. Horse-drawn…
Dutch ColonialListingsNew London
January 26, 2023

William Coit House

William Coit, House New London, Connecticut:  Captain William Coit’s residence was built in 1763 at 92 Washington Street. This Dutch Colonial has a rare bell cast gambrel roof…
FederalFixer-upperOld Lyme
January 22, 2023

40 Sill Lane

40 Sill Lane, Old Lyme, Connecticut: An early Federal style home built in 1790. Any historical information on this house would be appreciated! View on Instagram: https://instagr.am/p/Cnu25McvnCf/
Corning Fountain Hartford Connecticut Real Estate History Weston Ulbrich Coldwell BankerBeaux-ArtsHartfordParks
January 18, 2023

Corning Fountain

Corning Fountain, Hartford, Connecticut:  On the Horace Bushnell Promenade, in Bushnell Park is a Beaux-arts style fountain dating back to 1899. It was commissioned by John J. Corning…
James Dwight Dana House New Haven Connecticut Real EstateItalianateMansionsNew Haven
January 17, 2023

James Dwight Dana House

James Dwight Dana House, New Haven, Connecticut: At 24 Hillhouse Avenue is one of Yale’s many historic buildings. This Italianate home was designed by New Haven architect Henry…
Beaux-ArtsDemolishedNew Haven
January 16, 2023

The Sherman Building

The Sherman Building, New Haven, Connecticut: On Chapel Street is the upscale restaurant Union League Cafe on the first floor of what used to be the Union League…
ChurchesGothic RevivalHartford
January 15, 2023

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, Connecticut: Downtown at 955 Main Street is an old Episcopal church built around 1820. It was designed by Ithiel Town as one of the…
FederalMansionsOld Lyme
January 3, 2023

Ataraxia

Ataraxia, Old Lyme, Connecticut: At 317 Ferry Road is a distinctive three bedroom, four bathroom estate called Ataraxia (a concept from Greek antiquity for an undisturbed state of…
Colonial RevivalDemolishedHartfordLodging
December 23, 2022

Hotel Bond

Hotel Bond, Hartford, Connecticut: Hotel Bond on Asylum Street was once Hartford’s most luxurious establishment. It was built in two stages in 1913 and 1921 by restaurateur turned…
Beaux-ArtsHartford
December 19, 2022

Municipal Building (City Hall)

Municipal Building (City Hall), Hartford, Connecticut: At 550 Main Street is Connecticut’s most ornate Beaux-Arts building ever made for local government. Land for the Municipal Building was donated…
Cape CodOld Lyme
December 3, 2022

Justin Smith-Sweet House

Justin Smith-Sweet House, Old Lyme, Connecticut: Located at 54 Lyme Street is a home built in 1710. It’s an example of Three-quarter Cape Cod style architecture. The house…
HartfordModern
November 23, 2022

The Gold Building

The Gold Building, Hartford, Connecticut: Built in 1975, Hartford’s iconic One Financial Plaza is also known as The Gold Building. It's an architectural expression of modernity, affluence and…
RestaurantsWest Haven
October 31, 2022

Zuppardi’s Apizza

Zuppardi’s Apizza, West Haven, Connecticut: The story of Zuppardi’s began with Dominic Zuppardi. Dominic learned the trade on the southern coast of Italy. He came to America and…
New Haven
October 12, 2022

469 Edgewood Avenue

469 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut: In the heart of New Haven’s Edgewood community is this Queen Anne multi-family, featuring a round turret and fish-scale siding. The property was…
Long Island SoundStratfordWaterways
September 3, 2022

Great Meadows Marsh

Great Meadows Marsh, Stratford, Connecticut: This tidal marshland is located near the Lordship section of Stratford. Great Meadows is part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge…
SchoolsWest Haven
September 2, 2022

Union School

Union School, West Haven, Connecticut: At 174 Center Street is a former school erected in 1890 when West Haven was part of the Town of Orange. The Gilded…
HartfordMansionsQueen Anne RevivalRomanesque
August 26, 2022

Mary Borden Munsill House

Mary Borden Munsill House, Hartford, Connecticut: At the corner of Wethersfield Avenue and Wyllys Street is a Gilded Age mansion built in 1893. The home was first constructed…
ColonialStratford
March 18, 2022

Perry House

Perry House, Stratford, Connecticut: At 1128 West Broad Street is a first-period colonial house built in 1690 by Benjamin Beach. In 1853, William Perry purchased the home for…
Historical MarkersOld Lyme
March 4, 2022

Connecticut’s Blue Town Signs: Old Lyme

Old Lyme, Connecticut: "As early as the 1640's settlers from Saybrook cleared and planted land on the east side of Connecticut River in what is now old Lyme.…
Colonial RevivalMansionsNew Haven
February 28, 2022

809 Forest Road

809 Forest Road, New Haven, Connecticut: This stone and stucco home is a side-by-side Colonial Revival erected in 1929. The house boasts 4,348 square feet, 9 total rooms…
Folk VictorianMansionsNew Haven
February 20, 2022

500 Central Avenue

500 Central Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut: At the corner of Central Avenue and Burton Street is a Folk Victorian mansion that was built in 1890. This two-family home…
HartfordNews
February 18, 2022

Old World Hartford Postcards

Recently, I have stumbled upon a collection of postcards depicting Hartford, Connecticut. They date from the turn of the 20th century into the 1960's. Some of the postcards…
New HavenTudor
February 13, 2022

10 Alston Avenue

10 Alston Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut: This French country Tudor was built in 1928 in heart of New Haven’s Westville neighborhood. Within 2,806 square feet are 4 bedrooms,…
New Haven
February 10, 2022

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, New Haven, Connecticut: Starting as a mission, Holy Transfiguration became a parish in 1915 on Dixwell Avenue. Then, the Orthodox community built a new…
HartfordModern
February 2, 2022

20 Church Street

20 Church Street, Hartford, Connecticut:   “This downtown Hartford skyscraper, built in 1981 by Olympia & York, is an award-winning Connecticut landmark. With its distinctive features and original…
ItalianateMansionsStratford
January 30, 2022

Howard Curtis House

Howard Curtis House, Stratford, Connecticut: This Italianate home was erected in 1876 on Main Street. Its original owner was Associate Justice Howard J. Curtis of the Connecticut Supreme…
Art DecoWest Haven
January 27, 2022

West Haven Armory

West Haven Armory, West Haven, Connecticut: The former National Guard Armory at 511 Main Street was constructed in 1933 and remained an active military facility until the late…
Old Lyme
January 24, 2022

Deming-Avery House

Deming-Avery House, Old Lyme, Connecticut: One of the oldest houses on the on Lyme Street, the Deming-Avery House was built in 1726. Additions have altered the original shape…
GeorgianLymeMansions
January 21, 2022

Florence Griswold House

Florence Griswold House, Lyme, Connecticut: The home of famous art leader, Florence Griswold is a late Georgian-style mansion, erected in 1817. The 12-acre estate, was purchased by Captain…
Beaux-ArtsHartfordNeoclassicalTowers
January 20, 2022

Travelers Tower

Travelers Tower, Hartford, Connecticut:   The Travelers Insurance Company was founded by Hartford’s masonry magnate, James Goodwin Batterson in 1863 as the first casualty insurance company in North…
Cheney Building Hartford Connecticut Real Estate Weston Ulbrich RealtorHartford
January 12, 2022

Cheney Building

Cheney Building, Hartford, Connecticut:   This Main Street mainstay was built in 1876. It was the masterpiece of Henry Hobson Richardson, known for his own architectural style: Richardsonian…
ItalianateStratford
January 4, 2022

130 Honeyspot Road

130 Honeyspot Road, Stratford, Connecticut: Built in 1910, this disheveled two-story establishment was once home to Johnny’s Restaurant for more than 60 years until 2011. The property was…
Meriden
December 28, 2021

George Fay House

George Fay House, Meriden, Connecticut: Also known as the “Painted Lady" the Fay House was built in 1865. George Fay was a local attorney who commissioned this six…
DanburyHistorical Markers
December 28, 2021

Connecticut’s Blue Town Signs: Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut: "Eight families came from Norwalk in 1685 to settle this area which the Indians called Pahquioque. They built their first homes a half mile south of…
New Haven
December 27, 2021

Christ Church of New Haven

Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut: Completed in 1898, the structure is among the masterworks of British architect Henry Vaughan (1845-1917), whose designs helped inspire the Gothic Revival in…
LymePoint of Interest
December 25, 2021

Gillette Castle

Gillette Castle, Lyme, Connecticut: The castle was a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette (1853–1937), an American actor, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on…
Essex
December 23, 2021

Ezra Mather House

Ezra Mather House, Essex, Connecticut: This Federal style house at 37 Main Street once belonged to a physician named Dr. Ezra Mather. The home was built circa 1815. Dr.…
About Connecticut Real Estate History Weston Ulbrich Realtor Coldwell BankerLighthousesNew LondonPoint of Interest
December 21, 2021

New London Ledge Lighthouse

New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London, Connecticut: Built in 1909, this Second Empire style lighthouse with a mansard roof sits at the mouth of the Thames River. It…
Meriden
December 21, 2021

Charles Fales House

Charles Fales House, Meriden, Connecticut: This Victorian era monstrosity was first built around 1887. It was the mansion estate of locally known shoe manufacturer, Charles Henry Fales. He…
Hartford
December 19, 2021

Hartford Times Building

Hartford Times Building, Hartford, Connecticut: First constructed in 1920, this historic Beaux-Arts gem at 10 Prospect Street was the headquarters of the now defunct Hartford Times. The newspaper…
New Haven
December 17, 2021

Judges Cave

Judges Cave, New Haven, Connecticut: Atop West Rock Ridge State Park is a notorious rock formation once used as a hideout from King Charles I of England. The…
MeridenRomanesqueSchools
December 14, 2021

Old Meriden High School

Old Meriden High School, Meriden, Connecticut: The former high school now serving as the Meriden Board of Education building, was constructed in 1885. This Romanesque style edifice is…
ColonialMeriden
December 14, 2021

96 Curtis Street

96 Curtis Street, Meriden, Connecticut: This antique colonial was built around 1800. The house features a vintage wood door and an off-centered chimney. There's good-sized barn (now a…
Stratford
December 10, 2021

1630 Main Street

1630 Main Street Stratford, Connecticut: Erected in 1890, this Italianate-style home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths sits on a half acre of land. Visit the Stratford Historical…
Queen Anne RevivalWest Haven
December 6, 2021

65 Main Street

65 Main Street, West Haven, Connecticut:  This Queen Anne Victorian at 65 Main Street was built in 1890. Visit the West Haven Historical Society Website  
LymePoint of Interest
December 4, 2021

Hamburg Bridge Historic District

Hamburg Bridge Historic District, Lyme, Connecticut: It encompasses a small village which was of economic importance until about 1824, as the site of a bridge across the *Eight…
Durham
December 2, 2021

Curtis Fairchild House

Curtis Fairchild House, Durham, Connecticut: At the corner of Main Street and Route 68 is a classic Federal style home with a crowned pediment over its red doorway.…
Old Lyme
December 1, 2021

303 Ferry Road

303 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut: Built circa 1900, this 5,289 sq. ft. mansion is a Gothic Revival style home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths on 1.73…
Old Lyme
November 29, 2021

Boxwood Manor

Boxwood Manor, Old Lyme, Connecticut: Built around 1842, this brick mansion on Lyme Street was the estate of Richard Sill Griswold. He was from a prominent Connecticut family…
BarnsColonial RevivalLyme
November 29, 2021

Bull Run Hill

Bull Run Hill / Holtzman Home-Studio, Lyme, Connecticut: The giant barn known as Bull Run Hill at 421 Joshuatown Road was built in 1907 for Dr. John Morgan…
Cape CodListingsLyme
November 28, 2021

Thomas Nason House

Thomas Nason House, Lyme, Connecticut: Currently For Sale: $695,000 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,304 square feet on 3 acres. 282 Joshuatown Road is on Connecticut’s State Register of…
DemolishedHartford
November 27, 2021

City Place I

City Place I, Hartford, Connecticut: A commercial office building now stands on the site of John Pierpont Morgan’s birthplace. J.P. Morgan was an American banking tycoon and philanthropist…
New Haven
November 21, 2021

Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge

Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, New Haven, Connecticut: Commonly referred to as the Q Bridge by locals, this extradosed bridge carries Interstate-95 (Connecticut Turnpike) over the Quinnipiac River. The…
Meriden
November 11, 2021

Solomon Goffe House

Solomon Goffe House, Meriden, Connecticut: On the east side of Colony Street still stands Meriden’s oldest house. Solomon Goffe of Wethersfield inherited land in Meriden and constructed this…
Mark Twain House Hartford Connecticut Real EstateHartfordNews
November 9, 2021

The Mark Twain House Is America’s Best House Museum

  Regina Cole | Forbes.com | November 19, 2021 House museums are a mixed bag: maybe the house is beautiful, but its owner’s story, not so much, as…
GeorgianNew HavenTransportation
October 25, 2021

Union Station (New Haven)

Union Station, New Haven, Connecticut: New Haven’s main passenger railroad station was completed in 1920. The Georgian-style building was designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert on behalf of…
New Haven
October 23, 2021

The Quinnipiack Club

The Quinnipiack Club, New Haven, Connecticut: In 1871, a group of twenty New Haven businessmen established the "Ours Club," which shifted around several downtown locations for decades. The…
ModernMuseumsNew Haven
September 25, 2021

The Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut: At Yale University in downtown New Haven is the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the…
Historical MarkersWest Haven
April 27, 2021

Connecticut’s Blue Town Signs: West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut: "West Farms (West Haven) recorded its first household in 1648. Part of the original New Haven Colony, West Farms became the separate parish of West…
Historical MarkersNew Haven
March 25, 2021

Connecticut’s Blue Town Signs: New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut: "Settlement of Quinnipiac, afterward named New Haven, began on April 25, 1638 with the arrival of a large group from London by way of Boston,…
Colonial RevivalFactoriesHartford
January 19, 2021

Hartford Electric Light Company

Hartford Electric Light Company, Hartford, Connecticut: The Hartford Electric Light Company began operations with a steam-powered electrical generating plant at 266 Pearl Street on April 7, 1883. Led…

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