Meeker Elmwood House

Aerial view of Meeker Elmwod House and barns; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
Cross Highway Garage
Address:
113 Cross Highway
Town:
Westport »
Year:
c. 1830
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The property consists of an irregular 1.7 acres site, whose southern boundary sits on Cross Highway. The main house and primary outbuildings are placed at the southeast portion of the property on the high ground. The property slopes gently to the south and the west from the main house, but more steeply at the north, beyond the garage buildings. The site contains nine buildings: The main house, the converted barn directly to the north, three frame garage buildings, two ancillary sheds, an outhouse and frame pavilion. A lawn area covers the southern portion of the property and to the east adjacent to the main house. A circular driveway leads behind the main house ad services the ancillary buildings. The northern portion of the site consists of a grassy area with wooded section at the far north end. [2]

Significance of the property:

In addition to the architectural significance of the nineteenth century farmhouse and the association with the Meeker family, the property is considered locally significant as the first automobile service station in Westport. The service buildings are all extant as well as the original barn which, while altered, retains the majority of its structural integrity. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The property is set on the generous grounds with large maples and picket fence at road. Cross Highway garage buildings are located towards the rear and east of house. Northerly- 204.47 feet by lot 7; Easterly- 458.25 feet in part by Lot 5, 4, 3 & 2; Southerly- 264.36 feet by Cross Highway; Westerly- 277.57 feet by land now or formerly of John Mackle.[Ordinance]

Features:
Buildings, Open spaces
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Greek Revival
Era:
19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Ronemus Kim & Michael B
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] Meeker-Elmwood House, Historic Resources Inventory, Mary E. McCahon, Westport HDC, 1988, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] Meeker-Elmwood House, Study Report, SHPO library, Hartford.
[4] 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