Roger Sherman Town Hall

View of Roger Sherman Town Hall; Source - Assessors
Address:
10 Main Street
Town:
New Milford »
Year:
1875
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR, NR
Property Authority:
Historic Properties Commission, New Milford
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The Town Hall is the only red brick structure on the east side of the Green, but relates harmoniously to the otherwise clapboard and gable-roofed houses to either side with its Colonial Revival style. Its larger scale causes the building to stand out although not incongruously from its surroundings. The building is a two story brick building with high windows and wood trim. The original high-style Victorian portico was replaced in 1960 by the present neo-Georgian entrance. The original side entrance was removed. Roger Sherman's well is nestled between the curving front steps. An addition. the annex, was added to the building in 1965 to house the Police Station. This was renovated in 1989/90 when the Police Department relocated to a newly constructed building elsewhere in the Town. The interior of the main building has received cosmetic work through the years, and still retains many originally doors, windows, paneling and hardware features. [2]

Significance of the property:

This is the mid 18th Century site of Hon. Roger Sherman's property, on which we ran a store. Architecturally, the building is a very early example of Colonial Revival architecture. It is simple but spacious inside, with high ceilings and large windows. The original plan of the ground and the second floors has been retained with few alterations to ceilings, walls or floors. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The property is located in a mixed land use high-density area with both residential and commercial buildings. It is situated on the east side of the Green, at the busy intersection of Main Street and Church Street. This relatively large brick structure gives monumentality and formality to the southeast side. Both the main facade and the north side of the building is clearly visible from across the Green. A scattered cluster of large sheds, used originally as a municipal shelter for parking horses and carriages, has been preserved as built behind the Town Hall. The area around and between the sheds has been paved and is used as a public parking lot.

Features:
Building
Historic Use:
Town Hall
Present Use:
Town Hall
Architectural Style:
Colonial Revival
Era:
19th Century
Ownership:
Public
Owner:
Town of New Milford
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.newmilford.org/.
[2] Roger Sherman Town Hall, Historic Resources Inventory, Gilchrist Alison, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved from the study report.

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Date of Compilation:
9/18/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation