Deshon-Allyn House

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Deshon-Allyn House
Deshon-Allyn House is located in Connecticut
Deshon-Allyn House
Deshon-Allyn House is located in the United States
Deshon-Allyn House
Location613 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut
Coordinates41°22′21″N 72°6′19″W / 41.37250°N 72.10528°W / 41.37250; -72.10528Coordinates: 41°22′21″N 72°6′19″W / 41.37250°N 72.10528°W / 41.37250; -72.10528
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Federal
NRHP reference #70000700[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 28, 1970

The Deshon-Allyn House is a historic house at 613 Williams Street in New London, Connecticut built in 1829 for the captain of a whaling ship and is a fine example of transitional Federal-Greek Revival architecture. The house is now on the campus of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, which has used it for a variety of purposes.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1970.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Deshon-Allyn House is located on the campus of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum on the east side of Williams Street, north of downtown New London. It is a large 2½-story structure built out of random-laid stone, with corner quoins and openings framed by ashlar granite. It is covered by a truncated hipped roof with gabled dormers, and four brick chimneys projecting from its roof faces. The recessed entry is flanked inside the opening by Ionic columns and sidelights, with a transom window across the top. Above the entrance is a small Palladian window, its elements separated by pilasters. Many of its surviving interior features are identifiable in the publications of Asher Benjamin.[3]

The house was built in 1829 for Captain Daniel Deshon, the master of a local whaling vessel, and is a particularly elegant example of late Federal architecture. It was purchased in 1851 by Lyman Allyn, also a whaling captain[3] who greatly enlarged his fortune by investing in railroads and other businesses. The museum that now owns the house was established in his memory by his daughter.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "History of the Deshon-Allyn House". Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  3. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Deshon-Allyn House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-23.