John D. Horsfall House

View of Horsfall House; Source- Google
Historic/Common Name:
None
Address:
1781 Farmington Avenue
Town:
Farmington »
Year:
1896
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Unionville Historic District and Properties Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Oriented gable-to-street, this Queen Anne house features a two-bay facade with a small, open, single-story, shed-roof porch with turned columns. The first story is sided with clapboards while the second story features decoratively cut wood shingles. The pedimented gable end displays fish-scale shingles. There is a wood-frame garage in the rear of the house. John Dicken Horsfall (1864 - 1938) purchased this lot from John S. Parsons, who lived in a house just east of the property. Parsons, a carpenter and builder, may have constructed the house for Horsfall. Horsfall worked as superintendant of the Broadbent Cotton Mills in Unionville for sixty years. The Broadbent Mill produced cotton batting and yarn, and sold cotton waste. The house was sold out of the family in 1943.

Significance of the property:

Virtually unaltered since its construction, the John D. Horsfall House at 1781 Farmington Avenue is architecturally significant as a well-preserved example of Queen Anne style and historically significant for its association with Horsfall, a long-time superintendant of the Broadbent Cotton Mills in Unionville.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The house faces north onto Farmington Avenue on a narrow lot bordered on the south by the Farmington River.

Features:
Buildings, Open Space, Others- River along rear side
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Queen Anne
Era:
19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Yates Charles F & Kristen J
Sources:

[1] Information retrieved from the town website http://www.farmington-ct.org/.
[2] 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:

Map of the historic property retrieved from the online GIS map

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