Silliman House

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Historic/Common Name:
General Gold Selleck Silliman House
Address:
506 Jennings Road
Town:
Fairfield »
Year:
1756
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

This two-story five-bay gable-roof center-chimney plan house is surfaced with clapboard and rests on a fieldstone foundation. The house should be noted for its central entry which consists of a modillioned broken pediment flanking a central urn. It is supported by fluted pilasters. The rest of the house, plain in form, is typical of a Colonial house of the period.

Significance of the property:

The property is a well-preserved and rare surviving example of the eighteenth century Colonial architecture, following a typical double-pile plan. The building is also significant because of its builder, Gold Selleck Silliman, a prominent figure in Fairfield and served as a General in the Revolutionary War. Silliman was captured by the British raiding party of 1779. The house was later used as the tercentenary tea room. This was also the childhood home of famed Yale professor Benjamin Silliman.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The property is located in a residential area with high building density. It is sites on a corner lot west of Hunyadi Avenue, on a slight rise, surrounded by large trees.

Features:
Buildings
Historic Use:
Residential
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Colonial
Era:
18th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Nelson Anna Westcott
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.fairfieldct.org/.
[2] Fairfield Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 2005, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Gen. Gold Selleck Silliman House, 506 Jennings Road, Fairfield, Historic Resources Inventory, Bedford Steven and Lucas Nora, 1988, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved from the study report, 2005, SHPO library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
12/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation