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South Britain Historic District

South Britain Historic District
South Britain Historic District
Location E. Flat Hill, Hawkins, Library, and Middle Rds., and 497--864 S. Britain Rd., Southbury, Connecticut

41°28′9″N 73°15′3″W / 41.46917°N 73.25083°W / 41.46917; -73.25083Coordinates: 41°28′9″N 73°15′3″W / 41.46917°N 73.25083°W / 41.46917; -73.25083

Architect Clark,Zephania; Monumental Bronze Co.
Architectural style Greek Revival, Colonial
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 87000125[1]
Added to NRHP February 12, 1987

South Britain Historic District in Southbury, Connecticut, USA, is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[1] It represents the central portion of South Britain, an unincorporated village. The district is bordered by the Pomperaug River on the west. Water-powered mills, supplied by water from a South Britain Water Power Company reservoir, were the impetus for early development.

The village rivalled nearby Southbury Center. It was seat of Southbury, Connecticut town government until 1964.[2]:23

In 1987, the district included 46 contributing structures and 22 non-contributing ones.[2]

Contributing properties in the district include:

  • B.C. Bradley House, 497 South Britain Road, from 1802 or earlier by assessor records, with cottage and shed of similar age
  • H. Curtis House, 584-586 South Britain Road, of Colonial era, probably the oldest house in the district.[2]:8
  • Miss H. E. and S. E. Canfield House, 524 South Britain Road, a Georgian style twin-chimney central-hall house "with Adamesque detail in its portico and cornice" from 1802 or earlier (see accompanying photo 2)[2]:8, 14
  • George Smith House, 605 South Britain Road, a Greek Revival house, c. 1835, with cabin and garage from mid 1900s[2]:16
  • Mrs. S. Curtis House, 657 South Britain Road, a brick Greek Revival with granite dressing, from 1770 by assessor records[2]:8, 17
  • Mrs. B. Chatfield House, 24 Hawkins Road, a brick Greek Revival, from 1850 (see photo 12)[2]:8
  • Congregational Church, 683 South Britain Road, from 1825. Federal style with later Gothic window. (See photo 15)[2]:9, 18
  • Methodist Church, "an austere example of the Greek Revival style", from 1832, in deteriorated condition in 1986. (See photos 15 and 18)[2]:9

Also included in the district is a steel-span bridge from 1939.


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