Sherwood House

Aerial view of Sherwood House; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
Morehouse Jennings House
Address:
5 Maple Lane
Town:
Westport »
Year:
c. 1815
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Morehouse Jennings House represents an important transitional step between the New England saltbox house and the porticoed temple-form structures usually associated with the Greek Revival. In the sophistication of its plan and architectural detailing, it is remarkable, particularly for a building so modest in scale and so distantly removed from the town's mercantile center. As viewed from Maple Lane, the house appears indistinct from the typical 18th century side-gable saltbox, three bays wide with a center chimney, save for its non-existent center entry. [2]

Significance of the property:

The farmhouse built by Morehouse Jennings on Maple Lane, at a locality known historically as Greens Farms, dates from circa 1815. it is illustrative of the prevading influence of Renaissance architectural motifs as espoused by the Adams Brothers in Great Britain and translate to American form and building materials by the likes of Asher Benjamin. Although modified by Victorian accretions in the 1860s and a substantial Colonial Revival enlargement and 'restoration' in the 1930s, the house preserves a wealth of original fabric and is a distinguished example of its style in the context of Westport's Federal Period architecture. [2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The building is located in a residential neighborhood with two-acre zoning and is surrounded by woodland interspersed with 20th century dwellings.

Features:
Building and landscape features
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Federal with Colonial Revival restoration
Era:
19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Doran Alan M & Lisa I
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] Brilvitch Charles, Sherwood House, Historic Resources Inventory, 1987, 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