Stanwich Historic District

Aerial View of district at the intersection of North Stanwich Road and Taconic Road; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
None
Town:
Greenwich »
Year of Establishment:
2008
Notes on Establishment:
CCT approved in 2007 but passed by RTM in 2008.
Historic Designation:
LHD, SR
District Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
District Character:
Village Center
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

Early Greenwich hugged the coast, taking advantage of good grazing and easy access to Long Island Sound for transportation. Like its coastal neighbors, as Greenwich's population grew, it slowly moved inland. In 1687, nearly fifty years after the community was founded, the first division of public lands in the area that would become known as Stanwich took place. By 1732 the area had a large enough population that the residents petitioned the General Assembly for permission to establish a new parish. This petition was just one of three submitted by groups in Stamford and adjacent communities. In case of Stanwich, the Stamford residents were joined in their request by residents of Greenwich. The other two petitions were submitted by groups from what would become New Canaan and Darien. The petition was approved and over the ensuing years Stanwich grew and diversified. Today, while the religious, public and commercial activities along this stretch of Taconic Road have changed over the past two centuries, the historic buildings along the street serve as a reminder of the area's past. [2]

Significance of the district:

Architecture:The buildings in Stanwich Historic District reflect the area's growth from a rural parish in the 18th century, to a village center with schools, shops and a post office in the 19th century and finally, into a residential area in the 20th century. Each of these eras is represented by buildings in the district. In addition, the limited number of infill building, and the number of structures that are harmonious with the previous styles, helps to preserve the district's visual identity. [2]

District Boundary:

The district includes properties surrounding the intersection of North Stanwich Road and Taconic Road, continuing southwards to include properties on either side of Taconic Road. The boundary traces the property lines, or is subject to setback (150'), as described in the district ordinance.

Features:

Buildings, Cemetery, Open Spaces, Others- Aquarian Water Company

Use:

Residential, Religious, Burial, Others- Aquarian Water Company

Architectural Style:

Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Gothic Revival.

Era:
19th Century, 20th Century
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.greenwichct.org/.
[2] Stanwich Historic District, Report of the Historic District Study Committee, 2007, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the online Real Estate property Taxes, accessed from the town website [https://greenwichct.munisselfservice.com/citizens/RealEstate/Default.aspx?mode=new].

Notes:

None

Links:
Map:

Map of the historic district retrieved from the Study Committee Report, 2007, SHPO library, Hartford.

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Disclaimer:

The street addresses of the designated properties have been obtained from the Historic District Study Committee Report, 2007, SHPO library, Hartford. For further information on the district, the user is urged to contact the respective Historic District Commission.

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