Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

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September-October 2013

Kingsley-Havermeyer House

31 Whitney Avenue
New Haven

The historic Kingsley-Havermeyer House, a New Haven Landmark building, is up for sale.
Built in the 1850's the building boasts over 5,000 square feet of office space on three floors and a private 12-car parking lot.  The basement office has a separate, private entrance at the back of the building.  The building sits in the heart of the legal and office district on the edge of the Yale campus.
The building's third floor has a spacious two bedroom apartment, with a living room and a large eat-in kitchen.

Building is listed for $849,900. 
Contact: Steven Press at Press/Cuozzo Realtors  (203) 407-4698

Mansion House

Northeastern Connecticut

Mansion House was a term used in early land records when referring to a two-story dwelling.  This rare survivor, built by a very wealthy individual is a first period Connecticut two over two that epitomized the Mansion House, measuring 20’4” in depth x 46’10” in length.  The original portion is framed in oak, chestnut and pine, the longer timbers are hewn and the shorter timbers are mechanically sawn.  All the girts, plates and summers are beaded. There is 8’ feet clearance on both floors between the underside of the summers and the flooring.   The posts, straight on the first floor and shouldered on the second are chamfered with wind braces of at least 7’ feet long at every corner.  The first floor walls were originally filled with nogging.  The layout is asymmetric with the parlor and parlor chamber measuring 19’5” x 19’8” and the hall and hall chamber measuring 17’3” x 19’5” while the porch is 9’6” in width. The first period front stairway, dogleg to the left, retains its handrail and newel posts with a drop finial.  Original flooring exists on the second floor and in the attic.  Some four-panel doors 36” in width have survived along with a first period curved back corner cupboard.

The house was enlarged in circa 1830 by adding 12’ onto the rear making the new depth 32’4”.  In the process, a post and purlin frame was installed in the attic to support the reuse of the original rafters on the front side, in two pieces, and new one-piece rafters on the rear.  The original stone chimney was removed at the time of expansion and replaced with five brick fireplaces and a brick chimney through the roof.

The building is to be dismantled.

Contact: William Gould, William Gould Architectural Preservation, LLC at (860) 974-3448 or

Frederick Belden House (1855)
75 East Avenue

Available: An architectural gem in a very desirable business location facing west on the Norwalk Green.  Building may accommodate 1st floor commercial use and 3- bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor with a total of 5,492 sq ft finished area.  There is on-site parking for 14 cars with additional street parking along Bettswood available.  This historic building was most recently used as a funeral parlor. Potential alternate uses include attorney, CPA, and doctor’s offices plus residential uses.  Listed as the “Frederick Belden House” on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a contributing resource in the Norwalk Green Historic District.  Restoration/rehabilitation of the property may qualify for state or federal tax credits.

Contact: Ray Rumer (203) 899-3230 or Listing details can be found at Prudential's website.

Submissions for the November-December 2013 issue must be received by Friday, October 25, 2013.