Property Overview Inventory List District Map

Morehouse Jennings House

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Year of Establishment:
Overlapping Historic Designation(s):
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
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Building and landscape features
Architectural Style:
Federal with Colonial Revival restoration
19th Century

Morehouse Jennings House represents an important transitional step between the New England saltbox house and the porticoed temple-form structures usually associated with the Greek Revival. In the sophistication of its plan and architectural detailing, it is remarkable, particularly for a building so modest in scale and so distantly removed from the town's mercantile center. As viewed from Maple Lane, the house appears indistinct from the typical 18th century side-gable saltbox, three bays wide with a center chimney, save for its non-existent center entry. [2]

The farmhouse built by Morehouse Jennings on Maple Lane, at a locality known historically as Greens Farms, dates from circa 1815. it is illustrative of the prevading influence of Renaissance architectural motifs as espoused by the Adams Brothers in Great Britain and translate to American form and building materials by the likes of Asher Benjamin. Although modified by Victorian accretions in the 1860s and a substantial Colonial Revival enlargement and 'restoration' in the 1930s, the house preserves a wealth of original fabric and is a distinguished example of its style in the context of Westport's Federal Period architecture. [2]

Assessors information retrieved from the website
[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town of website
[2] Brilvitch Charles, Sherwood House, Historic Resources Inventory, 1987, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] Historic District handbook accessed in the town website [].
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Date of Compilation:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation