Violet Lane Historic District

Aerial view of the district; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
None
Town:
Westport »
Year of Establishment:
2005
Historic Designation:
LHD, SR
District Authority:
Westport Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory [ The Historic District Commission has the responsibility of overseeing six local historic districts and 14 local historic landmark properties. The districts include- Kings Highway North Historic District, Jesup Road Historic District, Violet Lane Historic District, Gorham Avenue Historic District, Evergreen Avenue Historic District and20 & 26 Morningside Drive South Historic District.
District Character:
Suburban Neighborhood
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The district comprises on four residential properties associated with the well-known developer Alfred G. Violet. The lots on which these houses were built were acquired by Violet from the McNally family, land which had earlier served as the site of Scribner's tannery. [2]

Significance of the district:

The four houses which comprise the Violet Lane historic district are historically significant for their association with locally well-known real-estate developer Alfred G. Violet. Originally constructed in 1928 by Violet and utilized as income producing properties, the houses are also significant both as a group and individually, for their association with locally prominent artists who lived and practiced in Westport during the early to mid-20th century. Architecturally, the district is significant as a small but substantially intact and cohesive 'development' of Colonial Revival-style residential structures dating from the late 1920s. [2]

District Boundary:

The district includes 4, 6. 9 & 10 Violet Lane, the tract and undivided parcels of land with buildings, as shown as Map # 5318-1 of the Westport Tax Assessor, Lots - 180, 179, 177, 178, 178-1; together with that portion of Violet Lane road right-of-way which extends north-easterly beyond the common property line dividing those properties known as #2 and #4 Violet Lane.

Features:

Buildings, Garden

Use:

Residential

Architectural Style:

Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival

Era:
c. 1928, 20th Century
Sources:

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.westportct.gov/.
[2] Violet Lane Historic District, Historic District Study Report, 2005, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Westport Historic Resource Inventories accessed from the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=910].
[4] Historic District handbook accessed in the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=280].
[5] GIS information retrieved from http://webmap.jws.com/taxmap/viewer.aspx?JWSCONFIG=CT_Westport.

Notes:

None

Links:
Map:

Map of the historic district retrieved from the Historic District Commission Handbook.

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Disclaimer:

The street addresses and the parcels IDs of the designated properties have been obtained from the Historic District Study Report, 2005, SHPO library. For further information, 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