Gorham Avenue Historic District

Aerial view of the district showing the properties along Gorham Avenue and Wild Rose Road and the Lee Canal towards the west; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
None
Town:
Westport »
Year of Establishment:
2006
Notes on Establishment:
The original district established in 2006 was later expanded in 2007 to include more properties along Wild Rose Road and the Lee Canal.
Historic Designation:
LHD, SR
District Authority:
Westport Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory [ The Historic District Commission has the responsibility of overseeing six local historic districts and 14 local historic landmark properties. The districts include- Kings Highway North Historic District, Jesup Road Historic District, Violet Lane Historic District, Gorham Avenue Historic District, Evergreen Avenue Historic District and20 & 26 Morningside Drive South Historic District.
District Character:
Suburban Neighborhood
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Soon after the Revolutionary war, the Town of Fairfield began to have secessionist movement for self-governance within its outlying villages. Spearheaded by a resident named Daniel Nash, 130 villages made an application to the Connecticut General Assembly to incorporate as a town. In the process, Westport incorporated parts of Weston, Norwalk and Fairfield. Because of the economic influence of the villages, which at the time were specializes in onion farming and coastal shipping, the charter was granted on May 28, 1935. On the long lots were laid out at the beginning of the 18th century, several families settles the area immediately north of the village of Westport. The Gorham, Beers and the Coley families all owned land with frontage on main Street from the early 1700s through the first decades of the 20th century. [2]

Significance of the district:

Gorham Avenue Historic district is a distinct collection of residential buildings designed to work in unison with one another, creating a uniform, but not homogenous environment. The time periods represented range from the Colonial era through the late 1930s. While only a few of the buildings from the 18th and 19th century remain the designs of the Eclectic periods historicist revival homes stand in harmony with their predecessors. All of the late 19th and early 20th century homes are modest in scale and reflect American architectural trends of the period. These range from the Arts and Crafts Bungalows, to a modest Prairie influence through the varied vernacular and standard Colonial Revival homes that make up the historic character of the streetscape. The minimal changes that have occurred over time have not obscured the period of interpretation and integrity of the neighborhood. [2]

District Boundary:

The original district includes the premises shown as lots 119 through 131; lot 161 C and lots 164 through 174 on the map on file in the Town Clerk's office as Map No. 9757. The boundaries were further extended in 2007 to include more properties and Lee Canal as described in the ordinance.

Features:

Buildings, Others- Canal

Use:

Residential, Others

Architectural Style:

18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century

Era:
Arts and Crafts Revival, Colonial Revival, Vernacular Arts and Crafts, Italianate
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.westportct.gov/.
[2] Study report for the proposed Gorham Avenue historic district, 2006, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Westport Historic Resource Inventories accessed from the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=910].
[4] Historic District handbook accessed in the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=280].
[5] Assessor information retrieved from the website- www.visionappraisal.com.
[6] GIS information retrieved from http://webmap.jws.com/taxmap/viewer.aspx?JWSCONFIG=CT_Westport.

Notes:

None

Links:
Map:

Map of the historic district retrieved from the Historic District Commission Handbook.

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Disclaimer:

The street addresses of the designated property have been obtained from the Historic District Study Report, 2006 and Westport Historic Resource Inventories accessed from the town website. For further information, the user is urged to contact the respective Historic District Commission.

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