Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Smith-Curtiss House, Derby, and Worthen Property, Granby

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The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to announce that the Request for Proposals for the Smith-Curtiss property in Derby and the Worthen property in Granby will be available beginning April 1, 2011, at www.ct.gov/dep/residentcurator.

The Smith-Curtiss house, a classic saltbox built between 1740 and 1780, with additions in mid-19th century and early 20th century, is located in Osbornedale State Park in Derby. The house is approximately 2,300 sq. ft. with a detached two-car garage.

The Worthen property, a cape-style house built circa 1820 with later additions, is located in Enders State Forest in Granby. It is approximately 2,650 sq. ft. with a detached 1,300 sq ft. barn/guesthouse.

The Resident Curator Program invites individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to apply for a long-term lease in one of these historic homes. In lieu of rent, the Resident Curator funds the restoration and the routine maintenance of the home and is required to provide public programming on the property that enhances visitor experiences while in the park or forest. The Resident Curator Program is modeled after similar successful ventures in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Delaware state parks, where historic structures, parks, and the public have benefited from restoration of these properties. Resident curators have the unique opportunity to live in a state park or forest and to play a key role in the preservation of state and local history.

The Request for Proposals will be available for free download on the website: www.ct.gov/dep/residentcurator.

Contact: Nicole Chalfant, nicole.chalfant@ct.gov or (860) 424-3179.