Quinebaug Mill – Quebec Square Historic District

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Quinebaug Mill – Quebec Square Historic District
Quebec Square East Brooklyn.jpg
Row houses in Quebec Square
Quinebaug Mill – Quebec Square Historic District is located in Connecticut
Quinebaug Mill – Quebec Square Historic District
Location Brooklyn, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°47′54″N 71°53′21″W / 41.79833°N 71.88917°W / 41.79833; -71.88917Coordinates: 41°47′54″N 71°53′21″W / 41.79833°N 71.88917°W / 41.79833; -71.88917
Architect Lockwood, Amos
Architectural style Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85001921[1]
Added to NRHP August 29, 1985

Quinebaug Mill – Quebec Square Historic District is a historic district roughly bounded by the Quinebaug River, Quebec Square, and Elm and S. Main Streets in the town of Brooklyn (extending partly into the town of Killingly) in Windham County, Connecticut.[1]

The district is primarily located within the census-designated place of East Brooklyn and is within the village of Quebec.[2] It consists of the weave shed built by the Quinebaug Mill Company and the surrounding residential area known as Quebec village.[3] The district includes examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]

The Quinebaug Mill was built by Amos D. Lockwood starting in 1851 on the Quinebaug River, near the site of an 1820 Tiffany Mill.[4] The Quinebaug Mill became one of the largest and most complete cotton mills in Connecticut by the end of the 19th century.[3] Most of the mill was destroyed by fire, but the weave shed and the houses for workers survived.[3] The housing area, which dates back from 1881, was rebuilt as low-cost housing in 1984 and contains six brick row houses, each containing eight apartments, surrounding a green space.[3]

The historic district is considered to be a well-preserved example of a textile mill village, a type of company town that was once common in eastern Connecticut.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ A map of the NRIS polygon vertices overlaid on a Census Bureau map shows that the district is located within and at the eastern edge of the East Brooklyn CDP.
  3. ^ a b c d Hill Towns and Mill Villages, Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.
  4. ^ "Killingly Chronology". 
  5. ^ Bruce Clouette, Matthew Roth, and John Herzan (March 20, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Quinebaug Mill-Quebec Square Historic District". National Park Service.  and Accompanying 25 photos, from 1985, and one historic birds-eye perspective drawing