Property Overview Inventory List District Map

Northrup Cottage

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Year of Establishment:
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Link to Commission or Municipal Website:
Architectural Style:
Queen Anne
Late 19th Century

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.

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.

[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

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