Butler-McCook Homestead, rear view
|Location||396 Main St., Hartford, Connecticut|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Website||Butler-McCook House & Garden|
|NRHP Reference #||71000907|
|Added to NRHP||March 11, 1971|
The Butler-McCook Homestead is a historic house museum at 396 Main Street in Hartford, Connecticut. Built in 1782, it is one of the city's few surviving 18th-century houses. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is now operated as the Butler-McCook House & Garden by Connecticut Landmarks.
Description and history
The Butler-McCook Homestead is located south of downtown Hartford, on the east side of Main Street at the Pulaski Mall. It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a side gable roof, clapboarded exterior, and twin interior chimneys. Its main facade is five bays wide, with a center entrance sheltered by a shallow projecting portico with round columns, hip roof, and projecting cornice. The front roof face is pierced by three dormers, two small ones flanking a large central one. Attached to the rear of the house is an older two-story structure. The house stands on about 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land, part of which has formal gardens created by landscape architect Jacob Weidenman, the principal designer of Hartford's Bushnell Park. Attached to the right side of the house is a late 19th-century single-story structure.
The main house was built in 1782 by Dr. Daniel Butler, a physician who kept is consulting room here. The rear addition is a c. 1740 blacksmith's shop that was adapted for use as a kitchen when the house was built. Dr. James Butler McCook, owner in the late 19th-century, added the wing to the right to serve as his office. Another resident of the house was John James McCook, who was a Professor at Trinity College. The house remained in the hands of Butler descendants for about two centuries, prior to its conversion to a museum.<ref name="nrhpinv3"> Its rooms now include displays of family memorabilia. The house reflects two centuries of ownership by one family, with furnishings and decorative items ranging from the Colonial through the Victorian eras. The house also features the Main Street History Center, with exhibits about Hartford's history.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hartford, Connecticut
- Amos Bull House, housing the offices of Connecticut Landmarks nearby
Connecticut Landmarks also operates other historic house museums, including:
- Amasa Day House in Moodus
- Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem
- Buttolph-Williams House in Wethersfield
- Hempsted Houses in New London
- Isham-Terry House in Hartford
- Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry
- Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Constance Luyster (September 15, 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Butler-McCook Homestead" (PDF). National Park Service. and Accompanying four photos, from 1969 and 1970