Kettle Creek Historic District

View of the Cape House and barn at 48 Weston Road; Source- NRIS 95001348.
Historic/Common Name:
None
Town:
Weston »
Year of Establishment:
1974
Historic Designation:
LHD, NRHD, SR
District Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
District Character:
Rural neighborhood
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The Kettle Creek Historic District is located on Weston Road (Route 57) in the southwest section of the Town of Weston. The district encompasses the core of the crossroads village that evolved here in the mid-to-late eighteenth century. The Kettle Creek Historic District name was taken from the historic school district here and Kettle Creek nearby. An indigenous and popular colonial form found throughout Connecticut, the Cape was especially favored during the early eighteenth-century settlement of the coastal hinterlands. Certain features of those in the Kettle Creek Historic District, the flared eaves and the integral facade porch, are often attributed to Dutch influence. Scattered examples of the Dutch type are found north of New Haven and throughout the Western Uplands, the regional geographic context for the district. The one-story Cape form is utilized in the three oldest houses in the Kettle Creek Historic District. One built at the corner of Broad Street and Weston Road about 1750 was originally a three-bay Cape with a rubble foundation (48 Weston Road). There is a distinct flare to the eaves of the front slope of the gable roof. [NR]

Significance of the district:

Architecture, Social History:The Kettle Creek Historic District, which includes one of the earliest settlement areas in the Town of Weston, is architecturally significant for its well-preserved collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century houses. Together they embody the early settlement period of this crossroads village as well as its later growth as a way station on one of the town's more travelled highways, thus serving as a representative illustration of the historical patterns of development in Weston. Much of the collective architectural significance of the Kettle Creek Historic District is derived from its well-preserved examples of the Colonial Cape style. Compatible in scale, type, and period, these cornerstones of the Kettle Creek Historic District clearly evoke its eighteenth-century heritage, a historic ambience further enhanced by their well-preserved settings and associated structures. In addition, through their various building histories, they reflect the several stages of development of the colonial period in Weston. Quite possibly the oldest example in the Kettle Creek Historic District is the original part of the Scribner's Tavern. Individually significant because of its antiquity and exceptional state of preservation, which includes even the original flush boarding of the facade, this house epitomizes the full expression of the Dutch Cape, where the low gabled roof sweeps out over the piazza, or porch, and is supported by posts. The image of the "half house" of the Cape form is also illustrated by another significant and somewhat later example at 48 Weston Road, one which sets the tone upon entering the district from the south. [NR]

District Boundary:

The district includes properties surrounding the crossroads village along the following roads- Weston Road, Old Weston Road, Broad Street and River Road, as described in the ordinance.

Features:

Buildings, Open Spaces

Use:

Residential

Architectural Style:

Colonial/ Post medieval English, Late 19th and 20 Century Revivals/ Colonial Revival

Era:
18th Century, 19th Century; (Period of Significance: c. 1740 - 1895)
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.westonct.gov/.
[2] Kettle Creek Historic District, Report of the Historic District Study Committee, 1974, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.
[NR] Cunningham Jan, Kettle Creek Historic District, National Register Nomination Number- 95001348 NRIS, National Park Service, 1995 - http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/95001348.pdf; http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Photos/95001348.pdf.

Notes:

The National Register Historic District is contained within the local historic district.

Links:
Map:

Map of the local historic district retrieved from the study report.

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Disclaimer:

The street addresses of the designated properties have been obtained by comparison of the historic district map attached with the Historic District Study Committee report, 1974 and the National Register Nomination Form NRIS 95001348. For complete updated list of properties, 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