Washington Street Historic District (Middletown, Connecticut)

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Washington Street Historic District
Wesleyan University - houses on Washington St. near Rt. 3 01.jpg
Two houses in the Washington Street Historic District. The house on the left, 324 Washington Street, is the Henry Aston House.
Washington Street Historic District (Middletown, Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
Washington Street Historic District (Middletown, Connecticut)
Location Roughly bounded by Washington and Main Sts., Washington Terrace and Vine St., Middletown, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°33′41″N 72°39′31″W / 41.56139°N 72.65861°W / 41.56139; -72.65861Coordinates: 41°33′41″N 72°39′31″W / 41.56139°N 72.65861°W / 41.56139; -72.65861
Area 31 acres (13 ha)
Built 1752&endash1931
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian
Governing body Private ; Local
NRHP Reference # 85001018[1]
Added to NRHP May 9, 1985

Washington Street Historic District is a 31-acre (13 ha) historic district in Middletown, Connecticut that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The district is centered on the five-acre Washington Terrace Park. In addition to the park, the district also includes the West Burying Ground and 32 contributing buildings dating from 1752 to 1931 with examples of Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian architecture. The district is mostly linear along Washington Street (Route 66) bounded on the west by Jackson Street and on the east by Main Street. Some of the buildings in the district are owned by and part of Wesleyan University.[1][2]

The district includes St. Sebastian Church, which "was built in 1931 by Middletown's Italian-American masons. Called St. Sebastian, it is similar in design to the Church of St. Sebastian in Melilli, Sicily. With its fluted parapet and two-story design, it is heavily influenced by the Renaissance Revival style."[2]:8 The building that was originally located at 307 Washington Terrace was moved to 172 Washington Street on October 26, 2002, in conformance with approval granted, allowing it to stay within the National Register listing.[2]:19–21,32

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