Edward Burr House

Aerial view of Edwards Burr House, prominently sited at the intersection of West Parish and Hillandale roads ; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
Thomas Nash III House
Address:
18 West Parish Road
Town:
Westport »
Year:
c. 1770
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The building is a well-proportioned, 5-bay, central chimney Colonial house with twelve-over-twelve windows and a secondary entrance on the east elevation. Like so many other early homes in Westport, the house has historic alterations including the late-19th century roof with overhanging eaves and Colonial Revival 'improvements' added this century. The pilastered front piece with corner panels in the frieze and a narrow transom is revival as is the one-story wing on the rear of the house and the coupled windows in the gable ends. The interior is well preserved. It is interesting to note that the chimney is not exactly in the center of the house. [2]

Significance of the property:

J.E. Coley states that the house was built by Thomas Nash III (1743-1803), and it appears to date to c. 1770. After his death, the house was sold to Daniel Burr, and it is known locally as the 'Old Burr House'. Daniel's son Edward Burr inherited it in 1892, and in 1905, it was sold by his estate to Edward T. Bedford. Bedford maintained his stables and trotting track to the south at 48 West Parish Road. After Bedford's death, the house was sold to Caroline Kemp in 1938 and in 1948 it was purchased by Elizabeth Larkin. Elizabeth K and William B Rubidge are now the present owners of the house since 2001. The excellently preserved venerable old house contributes greatly to the historic and scenic quality of Center Street in Green Farms. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The building is located in a residential area, prominently sited at the intersection of West Parish and Hillandale roads. Large Maples shade front the property.

Features:
Buildings
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Colonial
Era:
18th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Rubidge William B & Elizabeth K
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] McCahon Mary E., Edward Burr House, Historic Resources Inventory, 1988, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] 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