Northrup Cottage

View of Northrup House; Source- Assessor.
Historic/Common Name:
170 Pequot Avenue
Fairfield »
c. 1890
Historic Designation:
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
General description:

This two-story two-bay cross-gable roof Queen Anne house is surfaced with clapboard and rest on a foundation. The most distinctive decorative element of this house is the second floor; its prominent front gable end is trimmed with paneled barge bards with bull's-eye blocking motif and supported by deep, chamfered brackets. Such brackets also support an elaborate peak ornament consisting of a finial and star-shaped designs. The two bays of the second floor are topped by elaborately shingled shed roofed hoods. At the rear of the ell, the second floor is articulated as a dormer whose barge boards have bull's-eye paneling enframing a peak ornament consisting of stars and circles. The window in this dormer contains Queen Anne sash and is further topped by elaborate drill and cut-work shingles. Although the porch has been partially filled in, its corner forms a one-bay entry porch supported by turned posts and star-shaped, cut-work brackets.

Significance of the property:

Fairfield Directories and historic maps indicate that this circa 1890 house was owned by George E Northrup, the proprietor of the Northrup Brothers Coal and Lumber company, as early as 1895. Northrup, a successful Southport businessman, had too many land acquisitions to successfully document his purchase of this property. Architecturally significant as a good example of the Queen Anne style in Fairfield, the house has retained its elaborate peak ornaments, characteristic of the style. The house is further significant as a contributing element in the architecturally cohesive streetscape of Southport's Pequot Avenue.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The building is located in a residential area with high building density. It is site on the west side of Pequot Avenue at the edge of Southport's busy commercial district.

Historic Use:
Present Use:
Architectural Style:
Queen Anne
Late 19th Century
Parker David Scott

[1] District information retrieved from the town website
[2] Fairfield Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 1999, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] 170 Pequot Avenue, Fairfield, Historic Resources Inventory, Bedford Steven and Lucas Nora, 1988, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website


Map of the historic property retrieved from the study report, 1999, SHPO library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation