Property Overview Inventory List District Map

Silliman House

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Year of Establishment:
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Link to Commission or Municipal Website:
Architectural Style:
18th Century

This two-story five-bay gable-roof center-chimney plan house is surfaced with clapboard and rests on a fieldstone foundation. The house should be noted for its central entry which consists of a modillioned broken pediment flanking a central urn. It is supported by fluted pilasters. The rest of the house, plain in form, is typical of a Colonial house of the period.

The property is a well-preserved and rare surviving example of the eighteenth century Colonial architecture, following a typical double-pile plan. The building is also significant because of its builder, Gold Selleck Silliman, a prominent figure in Fairfield and served as a General in the Revolutionary War. Silliman was captured by the British raiding party of 1779. The house was later used as the tercentenary tea room. This was also the childhood home of famed Yale professor Benjamin Silliman.

[1] District information retrieved from the town website
[2] Fairfield Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 2005, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Gen. Gold Selleck Silliman House, 506 Jennings Road, 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