A.    Organizations

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

One Constitution Plaza, 2nd floor

Hartford, CT 06103

Tel. 860-256-2800

Web site:

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

940 Whitney Ave.

Hamden, CT 06517

Tel. 203-562-6312

Web site:

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Northeast Regional Office

7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4th floor

Boston, MA 02109

Tel. 617-523-0885

Web site:

National Park Service

National Register of Historic Places

1849 C Street, NW (2280)

Washington, DC 20240

Tel. 202-354-2211

Web site:

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

Hall of the States, Suite 342

444 North Capitol St., NW

Washington, DC 20001

Tel. 202-624-5465

Web site:

Connecticut State Library

231 Capitol Ave.

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-757-6500

Web site:

Connecticut Historical Society

One Elizabeth St.

Hartford, CT 06105

Tel. 860-236-5621

Web site:

B.     Historical Resources

Barber, John Warner. Connecticut Historical Collections.  New Haven, CT: Durrie & Peck and J.W. Barber, 1836. Facsimile, Bibliopola Press, 1999. Includes brief descriptions and woodcut views of most Connecticut communities.

Beers, Frederick W.  Beers Atlas of Connecticut Counties (various titles).  NY: Beers, Ellis & Soule (later F.W. Beers & Co.); various dates (1874 and others).

·        Baker & Tilden. Atlas of Hartford City and Count. Baker & Tilden, 1869.

·        Beers, F.W. Atlas of New Haven County, Connecticut, From Actual Surveys.F.W. Beers & Co., 1868.

·        Beers, F.W. Atlas of New London County, Connecticut, From Actual Surveys.F.W. Beers & Co., 1868.

·        Beers. F.W. Atlas of New York and Vicinity. F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis & G.G. Soule, 1867. [Includes portions of Fairfield County]

·        Beers, F.W. County Atlas of Litchfield, Connecticut: From Actual Surveys. F.W. Beers & Co., 1874.

·        Beers, F.W. County Atlas of Middlesex, Connecticut: From Actual Surveys. F.W. Beers & Co., 1874.

·        Gray, Ormando Willis. Atlas of Windham and Tolland Counties . . . From Actual Surveys. D.G. Keeney, 1869.

Drawings, prints, photographs, and postcards of Connecticut communities, ca 1800-1940 in digitized form on the Connecticut History Online web site,

Panoramic maps or “birds-eye” views of Connecticut communities, produced by various companies ca. 1881-1921.  Digitized maps of more than twenty Connecticut cities and towns versions are available on the Library of Congress web site (

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Various years available in libraries and archives inConnecticut. “Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970,” at web site).

C.    Technical Resources

Blumenson, John J.G. Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms.  Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 1995.

Carley, Rachel. The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture. NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1994.

Cassity, Pratt. Maintaining Community Character: How to Establish a Local Historic District. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2001.

Cox, Rachel. Design Review in Historic Districts. Rev. ed.  Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2003.

Gorski, Eleanor. Regulating New Construction in Historic Districts. Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2009.

McAlester, Virgina, and McAlester, Lee. Field Guide to American Houses. NY: Knopf, 1984.

National Register of Historic Places Bulletins – available for free download at

Bulletin #15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation

Bulletin #24: Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning

Bulletin #39: Researching a Historic Property

Poppeliers, John C., and S. Allen Chambers, Jr. What Style Is It? A Guide to American Architecture.  Rev. ed. Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2003.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Buildings. Washington, DC: United States Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Preservation Services, 1992. (GPO stock number 024-005-01157-9).

Visser, Thomas Durant. Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997.

Edmondson, Paul, Miller, Julia & White, Bradford. Procedural Due Process in Plain English: A Guide for Preservation Commissions. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2008.