Austin House

Aerial view of the property with the stream towards its north; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
None
Address:
_ Saw Mill Road
Town:
New Fairfield »
Year:
Prior to 1830s
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic Properties Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The Austin House site is an excellent example of vernacular architecture in New Fairfield. Few standing historical dwellings have retained the number of outbuildings that this site has, and even fewer have retained their architectural integrity. The house is composed of three distinct sections, the earliest of which is probably the center which dates to the early to mid- 18th century. The current appearance of the house owes much to the additions on either side of the original structure in the early and late 19th century. The addition the southern side of the house incorporates traditional elements from both the Georgian (1700-1780) and Federal (1780 - 1820) periods. The combination of elements from both architectural styles indicates that this addition was built during the early 19th century.

Significance of the property:

Although the date of house construction and original ownership is unknown, prior to the 1830s, the house has always been associated with the early industrial community surrounding it. The residential complex was situated directly within the heart of a thriving industrial center, and supported a general store for many years. Its importance and role as a focal point to the nineteenth century community is evidenced by the fact that the Battle of Charcoal Run took place here in 1861.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The Austin House occupies 16 acres of land on Saw Mill Road in what was once one of several early industrial areas in New Fairfield. While commercial development has slowly edged its way down Saw Mill Road, the area surrounding the Austin House has retained its rural character.

Features:
Buildings, Open spaces, Others- Stone walls, Old foundation
Historic Use:
Residential
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Vernacular with elements from Georgian and Federal periods
Era:
Early 19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
_
Sources:

[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town website http://www.newfairfield.org/.
[2] Quasset School, Frog Pond Road, Woodstock, Historic Resources Inventory, McClellean Jean, 1991, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved from the Study Report, SHPO library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
12/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation