Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Historic Properties Exchange

Henry Schieffer House, Cheshire

This center-chimney house is in danger of being torn down, because it sits on a desirable ten-acre parcel that has attracted the interest of developers.  Built in 1805, the house rests on a fieldstone foundation almost at grade.  It has a classic, symmetrical facade centered on a front door with side lights.  Unlike many historic houses, the exterior has not been overwhelmed in later foundation plantings.Inside the house retains four brick fireplaces and chestnut beams.  There are ten rooms with two full bathrooms.  The staircase to the attic still exists.  The owner would prefer to the see the house survive and the land remain undeveloped.  Price $1.7 million. Contact: 860-982-1215.

HPX March/April 2008-27 Vineyard Lane, Greenwich

This 1929 French eclectic house was designed by J. Alden Twachtman and his brother Quentin (sons of American Impressionist painter, John Henry Twachtman), for their brother Godfrey. The Twachtman brothers designed and built over two dozen homes in the mid-Greenwich area that are noted for their elegance and incorporation of natural surroundings. The view from the house overlooks many of the sites that John Henry Twachtman painted, paintings that now hang in many museums. The interior of 27 Vineyard Lane features carved mahogany paneling – an element that can be found in other Twachtman designed homes. The land was formerly owned by the Estate of William Rockefeller, brother of John D. Rockefeller. The house is sited on a 3.5 acre lot and is being marketed as a teardown.

Contact: Dominick DeVito (203)-661-3433


HPX -January/February 2009- Osborn House, 909 King’s Highway West, Southport

Individually listed on the National Register ofHistoric Places, the Captain John Osborn House sits among other historic houseson rural King's Highway West, a section of the road between New York and Bostonthat was used for monthly mail service as early as 1672.  The originalcore of the house, dating from the late 1680s, is two-over-two rooms, witha central chimney on the ground floor.  Built in compatible style, twonewer wings with a modern kitchen and bedrooms, date from the 1950s. Historic homes like this are always in danger of demolition due to the desirabilityof the lot, especially in FairfieldCounty.

Contact:  HopeR. Kern, GRI (203) 259-5048 or Mike DeLorenzo, GRI, CRS (203) 218-2719 atMunson Real Estate or

HPX:November/December 2006, The Bennett House, New Milford

The Bennett House, located at 70 Bridge Street New Milford, was constructed in 1790 and has a Gross Building Area of approximately 3,028 square feet.  The first floor interior layout includes an entrance foyer, two dining rooms, two restrooms, and a kitchen with a walk in cooler (10x12).  The second floor includes six bedrooms, one office, and one full bathroom. 

It is in the opinion of the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Officer that the Frederick G. Bennett House is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  The property will be transferred subject to the recipient agreeing to an off-site relocation.  This structure will be available for relocation between July 2007 & September 2007.

Potential recipients must demonstrate their ability to assume legal and financial responsibility for the structure.  Any non-governmental party must be able to demonstrate its economic and administrative ability to perform the relocation of the property, such as a surety bond, a trust fund, or a reverter to some other responsible agency.

Contact: Keith T. Hall, Transportation Supervising Planner at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546.  (860) 594-2926.  All proposals will be accepted until November 23, 2006, and reviewed within a thirty-day period.

66 Franklin Street, New London

  1866 Italianate House in a New London Historic Register District

This house at 66 Franklin Street is at the corner of Hempstead Street in the Hempstead Street Historic District. The area is in the midst of significant revitalization and most of the homes are part of a mid-19th century neighborhood built during New London’s whaling era. The house on its corner lot has recently been purchased by the Shiloh Baptist Church. Shiloh Baptist Church has offered to donate the house to New London Landmarks, but it must be moved to another location. The house is offered for $1.00, if removed from the property. Landmarks is searching for someone who can move the house to another local site or take the house apart for moving to a more distant site. Potential buyers must demonstrate the ability to remove the home from the site and reconstruct it on their own lot.


Contact: Sandra Kersten Chalk, New London Landmarks, Executive Director, 860-442-0003 or

Listed: $1.00