Charles Daniels House

The Charles Daniels House is a historic house at 43 Liberty Street in Chester, Connecticut. Built about 1830 for a local factory owner and moved to its present site in 1978, it is a prominent example of high-style Greek Revival architecture with a temple front, its design possibly done by the firm of Ithiel Town. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

Charles Daniels House
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Charles Daniels House is located in Connecticut
Charles Daniels House
Charles Daniels House is located in the United States
Charles Daniels House
Location43 Liberty St., Chester, Connecticut
Coordinates41°24′27″N 72°27′33″W / 41.40750°N 72.45917°W / 41.40750; -72.45917Coordinates: 41°24′27″N 72°27′33″W / 41.40750°N 72.45917°W / 41.40750; -72.45917
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Builtc. 1830 and 1978
ArchitectTown & Davis
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference #88000094[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 19, 1988

Description and historyEdit

The Charles Daniels House stands in a rural-residential setting about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) west of Chester's village green, on the south side of Liberty Street. It is a ​1 12-story Greek Revival structure, five bays wide, with a hip-roofed portico supported by paired Doric columns. It rests on a foundation of concrete blocks, whose exterior has been finished in the original ashlar granite veneer of its original foundation. The interior follows a central hall plan, with parlor and dining spaces on either side of the hall, where the main stair is located. The parlors and dining room exhibit fine woodwork, including fluted pilasters, with decorative cast plaster mouldings[2]

The house was built, probably in the late 1820s, for Charles Daniels, who had a gimlet factory nearby, and is an excellent local example of Greek Revival architecture. Its design has traditionally been ascribed to a New Haven architectural firm one of whose principals was Ithiel Town, but this attribution is not well-founded. The house is architecturally consistent with other works by Town. The house was originally located about 300 feet (91 m) east of its present site, nearer the site of the Daniels factory. Threatened with demolition after years of vacancy, it was carefully moved to its present site in 1978, retaining not just the foundation exterior, but also the chimneys, which were carefully reconstructed using their original materials.[2]:6

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b David F. Ransom (September 27, 1987). "NRHP Registration: Daniels, Charles, House". National Park Service. and Accompanying 27 photos, exterior and interior, most from 1987 (see photo captions and map pages 13-19 of text document)