Overlook Historic District

View of Stearns Street, Overlook Historic District, Bristol.; Source: Google
Historic/Common Name:
Bristol »
Year of Establishment:
Notes on Establishment:
The district was approved by CCT in 2004.
Historic Designation:
District Authority:
Bristol Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
District Character:
Urban neighborhood
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
General description:

The Overlook local historic district is located towards the east and the northeast of the Federal Hill National Register Historic District. In 2007, the Bristol City Council established the Overlook Local Historic District in order to preserve and protect the unique architectural heritage of a portion of the city–s Federal Hill neighborhood. The District is dominated by many large Colonial Revival-style homes built by Bristol–s leading industrialist families during the early part of the 20th century. Several of these homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the District was created, the Council also established the Bristol Historic District Commission, which was given the responsibility to –preserve and protect– the District–s architectural character. To accomplish this, the Commission is authorized by both state law and city ordinance to review proposed changes to the exterior features of buildings (and certain structures) within the District visible to the public and to decide upon the appropriateness of such changes within the context of the District. [Historic District pamphlet]

Significance of the district:

The Overlook Local Historic District (–the District–) has been established to preserve and protect the unique architectural heritage of a portion of the Federal Hill neighborhood in the City of Bristol. Various phases of growth, development, and lifestyle are reflected in the varied architectural structures of this area. [Town Website]

District Boundary:

The district occupies nearly six blocks in the center of the city–s Federal Hill neighborhood which includes properties along the following major roads: Bradley Street, Broadview Street, Carleton Place, Founders Drive, Goodwin Street, Grove Street, Oakland Street, Stearns Street, Woodland Street; as described in the district ordinance.





Architectural Style:

Colonial, Greek Revival, Federal, Italianate, Second Empire, Gothic Revival

19th Century, 20th Century

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/.
[2] Proposed Overlook Local Historic District, Federal Hill District Committee preliminary report, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the Historic District Study Committee Report and the interactive list of designated properties accessed in the town website [http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/filestorage/3326/6630/12223/Overlook_Historic_District_-_list_of_properties_with_photo_links.pdf]
[4] Historic district pamphlet [http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/filestorage/3326/6630/12732/Historic_District_pamphlet_(approved_6-09)(on-line_version).pdf]




Map of the local historic district map retrieved from the town website.

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The street addresses and the parcels IDs of the designated properties have been obtained from the by comparison of the historic district map attached with the Historic District Study Committee report and the town website. The user is urged to contact the respective Historic District Commission for further information.

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