Osborn House

Aerial view of Osborn House at 187 Long Lots Road; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
None
Address:
187 Long Lots Road
Town:
Westport »
Year:
C. 1683-87
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

This late 17th century cape form was probably built by John Osborn, son of Richard Osborn, at 187 Long Lots Road near the intersection of Bulkley Avenue North. The house was originally a two-room cape located in an area called the 'Long Lotts'. The oldest section of the house fronts Long Lots Road while a lean-to structure was added to the rear of the west side of the original two-room house. A library was added to the east side of the first floor, thus extending the front of the house to the east side. Additional rooms were added to the rear of the house prior to 1935 connected by a hallway from the rear of the original east room.

Significance of the property:

In 1671 the Town of Fairfield granted one of the 101 individual lots within 'Long Lotts' to Richard Orborn. A thorough investigation of the property has been conducted and it is believed to be possibly the oldest known dwelling in Westport.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The house is approximately 50 feet from Long Lots Road behind a row of evergreens and sits on a 1.15 acre lot. The entire southern lot is Long Lots Road. A driveway with an easement from Long Lots Road exists on the west side of the house and continues to the back of the house. An old well is situated on the west side of the house. Situated between the eastern boundary of the house and Sturges Highway is another house lot.

Features:
Building
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Cape Form
Era:
17th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Wynkoop Morgan Jr & Susan Walton
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] 187 Long Lots Road, Historic Property Study Report, 2010, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] 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