Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Sperry House, New Haven

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This two-and-a-half story house is located on a commercial area on a busy section of Whalley Avenue. Although the house is in fair condition, the location puts it in danger of being torn down and replaced with a commercial structure.

The house may date to the 1830s. It has a low-pitched roof with the gable facing the street. Some remodeling in the Italianate style was probably done later in the nineteenth century. The wondows are a mixture of six-over-one and six-over-six sashes, with simple, flat window surrounds. A pair of arched Italianate windows appear in the gable. The triple window on the first floor facade is a twentieth-century alteration, as is the entryway. A historical photo shows an Italianate front porch with decorative brackets.

Gay Sperry, a bookkeeper with the New Have Bank, built the house. He bought the land from the Osborn family, whose homestead was located nearby in the early nineteenth century.

The house needs updating. It contains twelve rooms, which could become attractive offices. At present, it is configured as a two-famioy residence.

Lot size: .6

Price: $399,000

Contact: Teresa Sirico 203-469-5330