Comfort Starr House

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Comfort Starr House
Comfort Starr House.jpg
General information
Type House
Architectural style Saltbox
Location Guilford, Connecticut
Construction started 1645
Completed 1646
Governing body Private
Technical details
Structural system post-and-beam

The Comfort Starr House, located at 138 State St., Guilford, Connecticut, is a classic saltbox house with an added leanto.[1] It is presumed that the original house was built between 1645 and 1646. The house derives its name from Comfort Starr who bought the house from the original builder, a Guilford signer (settler), Henry Kingsnorth, in 1694. Comfort Starr's ancestor was an English physician of the same name who left Kent, United Kingdom and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a founder of Harvard College. He is buried in King's Chapel Burying Ground in Boston. A branch of the family settled in Connecticut in the 17th century.

End elevation of Comfort Starr House illustrating the distinctive roof line

The house is still in its primitive state. It is considered, by some, to be the oldest wooden timber frame house still used as a private residence in the U.S. today.[2][3]


  1. ^ retrieved 7-02-2009
  2. ^ Connecticut: A Guide to its Roads, Lore and People, Federal WPA Project, 1938 page 165 [1]
  3. ^ HABS Comfort Starr House retrieved on 2009-05-13

Coordinates: 41°17′20″N 72°40′57″W / 41.2889°N 72.6824°W / 41.2889; -72.6824