LHD boundaries as described are approximate and subject to change. Consult the LHD Study Report on file with the relevant local district commission or municipal authority to verify district boundaries and whether a specific property, particularly one in proximity of a boundary line, is within the district. Also note that LHD boundaries may differ from those of State or National Register Districts.
This fine example of 19th Century Stick-style architecture features a cross plan with a raised brick foundation and cross-gabled roof with wide overhanging eaves. The gable ends feature cut-work bargeboards, decorative trusses with a triangular attic vent, and paired windows. Board-an-batten decorates part of the second story and becomes diagonally and vertically patterned in the gable peaks. Frank Sanford (1853-1923) built the house for his bride, Morion Hawley. His involvement with the lumber and construction industry enable him to build the house without taking out a mortgage. The house was sold out of the family in 1934.
The Frank Sanford House at 71 Lovely Street is architecturally significant as a fine example of Stick-style architecture. All of the decorative detailing is intact and the building is very well preserved. Also important is the house's association with Frank Sanford, a Unionville builder and owner of a lumber and construction business. His business, now named Sanford and Hawley, is the oldest continuously operating business in Unionville and is still in its original location at the corner of Farmington Avenue and West Avon Road.
 Information retrieved from the town website http://www.farmington-ct.org/.
 Proposed Historic Properties, Historic District Study Report, Unionville Historic District and Properties Commission, 2010, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from the website http://www.farmington-ct.org/landrecords/search.php.
Maps and GIS information retrieved from the website http://www.crcog.org/gissearch/Default.aspx.