Brotherton-Lewis House

Aerial view of Brotherton-Lewis House; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
Batterson-Brotherton House
Address:
88 Roseville Road
Town:
Westport »
Year:
c. 1860
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The property known as 88 Roseville Road sits in a typical New England wooded coastal plain area, formerly farm land, which evolved through development in the 20th century. The few farmhouses that existed from the 19th century have mostly been demolished, particularly in the last few years. The Batterson-Brotherton House remains as one of the few remaining modest farmhouses in the immediate area. The property today consists of a mostly rectangular .58 acre site, whose southern boundary sits on Roseville Road between Rocky Acres Lane and Salem Road in Westport. The main house is placed at the southern portion of the property as the grade rises gently from the street. The remainder of the property is relatively flat with the exception of the northwest lawn area which rises slightly from the driveway.

Significance of the property:

The Batterson-Brotherton House remains as one of the last extant nineteenth century vernacular farmhouses in the area. Despite many changes to the building over time, the placement of the original house and its relationship to the street remains intact. The facade of the house, the intact original foundation and basement, structural elements and interior details reflect the agricultural period in American history when mass-produced elements became inexpensive and ubiquitous- elements that retain significant contemporary interpretive value. Because period images of the house remain, and changes are evident through investigatory work, it is also reasonable to make an argument for the evolution of the house and property over time as Westport evolved into a suburban community in the twentieth century.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The farmhouse is a significant visual landmark in the Roseville Road area, contributing greatly to its character.

Features:
Building
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Vernacular
Era:
19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Spencer Marion M Trustee
Sources:

Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.
[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town of website http://www.westportct.gov/.
[2] 88 Roseville Road, Historic Property Study Report, 2007, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] McCahon Mary E., Brotherton-Lewis House, Historic Resources Inventory, 1988, SHPO library, Hartford.
[4] Historic District handbook accessed in the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=280].
GIS information retrieved from http://www.westportct.gov/index.aspx?page=538.

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved the online GIS map, accessed from the town website.

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