Berlin Historic District

View of the district, Berlin Historic District; Source- NRIS 89000925
Historic/Common Name:
Worthington Ridge Historic District, Worthington Ridge National Register Historic District
Town:
Berlin »
Year of Establishment:
1974
Historic Designation:
LHD, NRHD, SR
District Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
District Character:
Town Center
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Worthington Ridge Historic District is a linear concentration of mostly 18th and 19th century buildings on narrow, tree-lined streets, located along the top of a ridge that rises some 50 feet above an unnamed brook to the east; the principal thoroughfare in the district, Worthington Ridge, takes its name from this landform. The Worthington Ridge Historic District also extends several hundred feet west of Worthington Ridge along Farmington Avenue, Hudson Street, and Sunset Lane. Most of the major buildings in the Worthington Ridge Historic District are residential, although Worthington Ridge's historical role as the institutional center of the Town of Berlin is also depicted in such buildings as the 1774 meetinghouse, the 1831 Worthington Academy, and the 1884 Brandegee Hall/Berlin Town Hall. The area's one-time local commercial prominence is represented by several houses that once served as taverns, hotels, or stores. [NR]

Significance of the district:

Architecture, Settlement, Commerce:Worthington Ridge Historic District is significant because its buildings embody the distinctive characteristics of several important architectural styles, including New England Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic, Late Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival. The Worthington Ridge Historic District features an unusually large number of well-preserved New England Colonial, Federal, and Greek Revival buildings, a concentration of state-level significance. The buildings include several outstanding examples of their types, such as the Worthington Meetinghouse, one of fewer than a dozen colonial meetinghouses that still stand; the David Sage House, an 18th-century dwelling notable for the elaborate Georgian detailing of its principal elevation; and the Elishama Brandegee House, a Greek Revival house with the full panoply of characteristic features including flush-boarding and the complete Ionic order. The Worthington Ridge Historic District is also significant for its important roles in the history of Berlin: a principal residential area in the agricultural community of the colonial period, and the institutional and commercial center of Berlin through the mid-19th century. As railroad and industrial development in other parts of town caused the commercial function to move elsewhere by the late 19th century, and as the civic-institutional function moved in the 20th, Worthington Ridge evolved into a sedate neighborhood where many of the town's wealthiest and most prominent citizens made their homes.While many of the buildings in the district have outstanding architectural significance as rare survivals or exceptional examples of their type, the Worthington Ridge Historic District's importance exceeds the sum of its parts. The juxtaposition of buildings of different periods, in different styles, and of different original uses, provides a window into changing taste and evolving building methods, and represents two centuries of diverse and changing lifestyles on Worthington Ridge. [NR]

District Boundary:

The linear district includes properties along both sides of Worthington Ridge; and few properties along Farmington Avenue, Sunset Lane and Hudson Street, as described in the district ordinance.

Features:

Buildings, Open Spaces

Use:

Residential, Religious

Architectural Style:

Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Bungalow

Era:
18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.town.berlin.ct.us/.
[2] GIS information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the website http://www.berlingis.com/ags_map/.
[NR] Clouette Bruce and Roth Matthew, Worthington Ridge Historic District, National Register Nomination Number- 89000925 NRIS, National Park Service, 1989 - http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/89000925.pdf; http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Photos/89000925.pdf.

Notes:

The National Register historic district as a whole can generally claim a high degree of integrity, a circumstance that owes much to the presence of the local historic district with substantially the same boundaries as the district. [NR]

Links:
Map:

Map of the local historic district retrieved from the town website. [http://www.town.berlin.ct.us/filestorage/197/477/503/749/Map%2bof%2bHistoric%2bDistrict.pdf]

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Disclaimer:

The street addresses and the parcels IDs of the designated properties have been obtained by comparison of the historic district map retrieved from the town website and the online GIS map accessed from the website- http://www.berlingis.com/ags_map/. For further information on the district, the user is urged to contact the respective district authority.

Date of Compilation:
12/15/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation