[Graphic Header] National Register of Historic Places Preservation Month May 2005, Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads
[graphic] Henry Whitfield House  

Henry Whitfield House
NHL Photograph

Constructed around 1639, the Whitfield House is only one of three masonry houses from what is referred to as the First Period (preceding the Georgian style) of American architecture that remains standing in this country. The other two are the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newberry, Massachusetts, and Bacon's Castle in Surry County, Virginia. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Connecticut was instrumental in arranging the purchase of the Whitfield House by the State of Connecticut for a museum in 1900. The first restoration of the house was done between 1902 and 1904 by Norman M. Isham (1864-1943), one of the first professional architects to be involved with architectural restoration in New England. J. Frederick Kelly (1888-1947) conducted the second restoration in the 1930s, creating a more academic recreation of the house. The later period of the Colonial Revival movement focused on a more professional and scientific approach to historic restoration. Complimenting Kelly's building restorations were Colonial Revival landscape designs by Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959).

[photo] Henry Whitfield House
NHL Photograph

The Whitfield House is located at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford, Connecticut. For more information call 203-453-2457 or 860-566-3005, or visit http://www.hbgraphics.com/whitfieldmuseum/


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