CT State Library Adds Architectural Survey for 7 New Towns
The Connecticut State Library announced recently that they have added seven new towns to their online collection of historic homes. The towns include Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Litchfield, Lyme, Madison and Manchester, Connecticut. The information is from the WPA Architectural Surveys done between 1934 and 1937. You can read the full announcement here.
The collection provides mostly old photographs which will be of great interest to home owners, preservationists and historians. The building profiles do also contain varying amount of text with architectural and other details.
For instance, the Thomas Hunt House (Lebanon historic building 009) provides quite a bit of exterior, doorway and interior architectural description. It also notes that the home was built in 1722, remodeled circa 1760 and that the rear ell and porch were added circa 1822. This is great information for a home owner who might not have found that information before.
Unfortunately, most of the photos are titled numerically by town name (example: Litchfield Historic Building 001). You’ll have to click into the read the details and find the name of the house. If you are searching for a specific house and already know the name it is probably easier to do a Google search and put “CT State Library” before the name of the house.
Also note where it says Current Owner, it is referring to the owner of the house during the 1935-1937 time frame and not the owner at present.