Barnes-Frost House

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Barnes--Frost House
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Barnes-Frost House is located in Connecticut
Barnes-Frost House
Barnes-Frost House is located in the US
Barnes-Frost House
Location 1177 Marion Ave., Southington, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°33′56″N 72°55′31″W / 41.56556°N 72.92528°W / 41.56556; -72.92528Coordinates: 41°33′56″N 72°55′31″W / 41.56556°N 72.92528°W / 41.56556; -72.92528
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1795 (1795)
Architectural style Colonial, New England Colonial
Part of Marion Historic District (#88001423)
MPS Colonial Houses of Southington TR
NRHP reference # 88003109[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 19, 1989
Designated CP December 21, 1988

The Barnes-Frost House is a historic house at 1177 Marion Avenue in the Marion section of Southington, Connecticut. Built about 1795, it is a high quality local example of late Colonial architecture, with a history of ownership by members of prominent local families. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Barnes-Frost House is located on the west side of Marion Avenue, north of its junction with Old Mountain Road (Connecticut Route 322). It is a 2 12-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with a clapboarded exterior, side gable roof, large central chimney, and a centered entrance. The entrance is flanked by pilasters and topped by a frieze with a band of molded ellipses. This detail is repeated on the window lintels and in a frieze band below the roof line. The chimney is not original to the house, but is an 18th-century structure recovered from a house in Cheshire. The interior retains some original features, notably wide pine floors.[2]

Built c. 1796, the house is significant in part because it is a well-preserved example of Colonial architecture, and also because it was home of the locally prominent Barnes and Frost families. Philo Barnes, son of the locally prominent tavernkeeper Asa Barnes and a major local landowner in his own right, purchased the house in 1810, and it was occupied by three generations of Barneses. In 1881 it was purchased by Levi Frost, also from a prominent local family that owned a local factory. The house remained in the Frost family until 1916.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b David Ransom (April 1985). "Connecticut Historic Resources Inventory: Barnes/Frost House" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photo, from 1985