Oct 22, 2013
05:52 AM

Second Group Joins Suit to Save 1790 Milford House

Second Group Joins Suit to Save 1790 Milford House

Image courtesy of Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation/Greg Farmer

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is joining the Milford Preservation Trust’s suit to save a centuries-old house overlooking the North Street Duck Pond from destruction.

“Protection of Connecticut’s historic resources is our highest priority at the trust,” said Helen Higgins, executive director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation in New Haven.

The Sanford-Bristol House, 111-113 North St., was built in 1790.

It is “a historic resource” under state law because it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, and in the city’s River Park Historic District and Milford Historic District 1, the trust said in a statement.

“Connecticut: Still Revolutionary” is the state brand, and Milford has a “fantastic collection of historic properties,” Higgins said Thursday.

“Because these houses are in the public trust, they are part of our past, they give us grounding, they give us a sense of place,” Higgins said.

She said the nonprofit trust’s executive committee voted Tuesday to join the suit.

“In cases like this, you have to be kind of nimble,” Higgins said.

“When a demolition permit is pulled on a National Register house, you can’t wait for your next board meeting and to have all your finances in order to act.

“You have to fund-raise for this. It’s costly, but we do find the community will help for something like this,” Higgins said.

The house could have been razed Oct. 13 when a demolition delay granted to City Historian Richard N. Platt Jr. expired.

Two days earlier, the Milford Preservation Trust was granted a temporary restraining order until a hearing can be held Oct. 28 in Superior Court.

Milford Historic District Commission 1 voted more than three months ago to issue a certificate of appropriateness of demolition and for construction of a new building at the site.

The Milford trust had filed suit under the state Environmental Protection Act, “which allows citizens to challenge unreasonable destruction of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” the Connecticut Trust said.

The “unique 18th-century home” is a “contributing structure” in the River Park National Register of Historic Places, it said.

For the full story, visit New Haven Register online.


Second Group Joins Suit to Save 1790 Milford House

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