Howard W. Humphrey House
- Historic/Common Name:
- 60 Main Street
- Farmington »
- Historic Designation:
- LHP, SR
- Property Authority:
- Unionville Historic District and Properties Commission
- Nature of Authority:
- Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
- General description:
The Queen Anne style house at 60 Main Street is an excellent example of its type, featuring steep crossing gables and a square tower. Gable ends on the south, west and east exhibit cut-work designs in the gable peaks of the main block and front portico, and decorative bargeboards. The tower features fish-scale shingles, diagonal siding, and a dual-pitched pyramidal roof. The south elevation displays a one-story porch which shields the main entry and wide bay window. The porch features square posts, cut-work brackets, balustrade and a lattice base.
- Significance of the property:
The Howard W. Humphrey House is historically significant through its association with four generations of the Humphrey family, connected with Unionville manufacturing. The family moved to the area in 1849 and Russell Humphrey began manufacturing spoons in Unionville. During the 1870's, Howard joined his father in the business and eventually succeeded him as owner and manager. By 1886, Howard had built a new shop for his firm, the H.W. Humphrey Company, known for quality washers. In 1887, he purchased the home lot from Frank A Tryon and by 1888 had constructed the present house on the site. The house remained in the Humphrey family until the late 1980's.
- Relationship with the Surroundings:
The house is situated on a narrow lot facing south onto Main Street.
- Historic Use:
- Present Use:
- Architectural Style:
- Queen Anne
- 19th Century
- Eagles Dawn and Tim
 Information retrieved from the town website http://www.farmington-ct.org/.
 Proposed Historic Properties, Historic District Study Report, Unionville Historic District and Properties Commission, 2010, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the website http://www.farmington-ct.org/landrecords/search.php.
Maps and GIS information retrieved from the website http://www.crcog.org/gissearch/Default.aspx.
Map of the historic property retrieved from the online GIS mapView photo
- Date of Compilation:
- Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation