Burr Sherwood Cottage

View of the cottage; Source- Assessor.
Historic/Common Name:
None
Address:
1135 Mill Hill Road
Town:
Fairfield »
Year:
1850s
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

This is a extremely well preserved, gable-roof, three-bay cottage is difficult to be seen from the road because of the surrounding dense foliage. Rather asymmetrical in plan and fenestration, the clapboard surfaced cottage rests on a fieldstone foundation. It has a small entry flanked by a single square window in the north facing elevation. three-over-three windows light the second story of this clapboard structure. Gabled dormers with six-over-six windows project from the roof. [3]

Significance of the property:

The cottage is significant as a surviving mid-nineteenth century farmstead, representative of the vernacular agricultural heritage of the community. This was probably built by Burr Sherwood sometime between 1854 an 1858. As a well-preserved and modest reminder of the agrarian heritage of the community, this simple structure deserves special consideration and is meritorious of Historic Property status. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

Located in a residential area with high building density, the building is set close to the street on the west side of Mill Hill Road. This house is partially hidden from the street by dense foliage.

Features:
Building
Historic Use:
Residential (farmhouse)
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Vernacular
Era:
19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Sturges Ellen Leeds
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.fairfieldct.org/.
[2] Fairfield Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 1999, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] 1135 Mill Hill Road, Fairfield, Historic Resources Inventory, Bedford Steven and Lucas Nora, 1988, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved from the study report, 1999, SHPO library, Hartford.

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