Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

HPX: March/ April 2013

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Historic Properties Exchange
March - April 2013

John Watson House (1788)
1876 Main Street
South Windsor

Former bed and breakfast (9 bedrooms, 8 full bathrooms) located in the East Windsor Hill historic district is available for purchase. Master builder Thomas Hayden designed and built this three-story mansion for John Watson, a prominent merchant. Description of the property from the National Register of Historic Places nomination:

Sited prominently at the northeast corner of Main Street and Sullivan Road, this three-story, wood-frame Georgian/Federal-Style mansion is a commanding presence. The heavy modillions under the eaves and the massiveness of the house contrast with the delicacy of the pedimented entranceway and the classical treatment of the central facade bay with its tripartite windows. A remarkable feature of this house is the use of a formal entrance on all four elevations. They are virtually identical with a pediment and fanlight, although only the main doorway has sidelights.

To view the complete nomination, go to and search East Windsor Hill Historic District, South Windsor, Connecticut.  Outbuildings on the site: carriage house, garage and outhouse.

Contact: Gregory Farmer, Connecticut Circuit Rider (203) 464-7380 or

Southford Chapel (c. 1830)
19 Strongtown Road (intersection of Rt. 67 & 188)

A demolition request was filed for this structure in December 19, 2012 and is nearing the end of its 90-day delay of demolition period.  Historically known as “Union Church” the Southford Chapel is one of the most significant buildings in Southford, according to Mary McCahon in the State of Connecticut Historic Resources Inventory. “Standing at a major crossroad in the former industrial village, the church is one of a handful of buildings that convey the sense of community now that the mills and factories that stimulated development of the area have disappeared.”

Contact: Baldwin Realty LLC of 331 B, Heritage Village, Southbury, Connecticut 06488 or Deloris Curtis, Southbury Planning Department,

Lighthouse Inn (1902)
6 Guthrie Place
New London 

After sitting vacant for four years, Lighthouse Inn Resort in New London is available for purchase and restoration.  On Tuesday, March 19, CBRE Auction Services will present the inn for online auction opening bids at $500,000. The beautiful Lighthouse Inn is a historic, 100+year old former estate located on Long Island Sound. The Mission style inn was designed by renowned architect William R. Emerson to be the summer residence of steel magnate Charles S. Guthrie.  Original landscaping at the inn was designed by Olmsted Brothers, of Brookline, Massachusetts. About 25 years after its construction, the property became a popular seaside hotel boasting 51 guest rooms, restaurant and other amenities; it was formerly one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America.
This property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, may be eligible for historic preservation tax credits.  To view the complete nomination, go to  and search Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut.  For more information about the auction, go to: .

14 Sturtevant Ave
Norwich, CT 06360

Foreclosure property being sold “as is.” Spacious two-family home in decent condition boasting a finished attic and unique Victorian features. Seller may contribute up to 3% towards owner occupied buyers closing costs. Built in 1901, and located in the Chelsea Parade National Register district, the house may qualify for historic preservation tax credits.  For more information, go to:
51 Greene Ave
Norwich, CT 06360
This 1890 Victorian multi-family home is located within walking distance to downtown. Located in the Chelsea Parade National Register district, the house may qualify for historic preservation tax credits.  For more information, go to:
80 Asylum St
Norwich, CT 06360
Extra large, c. 1860 multi-family residence is available for purchase and rehabilitation. Building Code violations need to be addressed.  Sale is “as is” with no junk removal or repairs to be done by seller. For more information, go to:

Submissions for the March- April 2013 issue must be received by Friday, April 26, 2013.