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Property Name Bushnell-Dickinson House
Reference Number 13000289
State Connecticut
County Middlesex
Town Old Saybrook
Street Address 170 Old Post Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/28/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Bushnell-Dickinson House is significant locally under Criterion C because of its architecture. It is a well-preserved example of a late eighteenth century Georgian colonial house. It was built circa 1790 and it retains a high degree of architectural integrity. Its gambrel roof and the relatively high level of its exterior trim distinguishes it from is plainer neighbors of the same period on Old Post Road. This house was built by Phineas Bushnell, a member of one of the oldest families in Old Saybrook. His descendants married into the Dickinson family, which was active in local and state politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Bushnell and Dickinson families owned and occupied this house from the time it was built until it was sold out of the family in 1934. The house underwent a sympathetic renovation in 1958, which added bathrooms, closets and a modern kitchen, but preserved the original plan and structure, as well as significant architectural features.


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