Henry Hooker House
Henry Hooker House
The Henry Hooker House
|Location||111 High Road, Kensington, Connecticut|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP reference #||78002867|
|Added to NRHP||November 29, 1978|
The Henry Hooker House is a historic house at 111 High Road in the Kensington section of Berlin, Connecticut. Built about 1769 and subsequently altered, it exhibits the progressive adaptation of early houses by later generations. It was built by Elijah Hooker, a seventh-generation descendant of Hartford founder Thomas Hooker. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The Henry Hooker House is located on the east side of High Road, opposite its junction with Simms Road. It is a 2 1⁄2-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with two narrow interior chimneys. It is covered by a gabled roof with broad eaves that have paired Italianate brackets, and a gabled dormer at the center of the front facade. The front entrance is sheltered by a gabled portico. The house was built c. 1769 by Elijah Hooker, a seventh-generation descendant of Hartford founder Thomas Hooker, and was last substantially modernized in the mid-19th century. These modifications are clearly evident in an architectural analysis, and include the removal of a large central chimney so that a then-fashionable central hall with broad stairway could be built. These modifications were undertaken by Henry Hooker, who owned a successful carriage making business.
Henry Hooker was the son of Saxa and Clarissa (Stocking) Hooker, and was born September 20, 1809 in Kensington, CT. He was a direct descendant of Thomas Hooker. On September 16, 1840, he married Charlotte Lum of the Squantic section of Oxford, Connecticut. Hooker was the head of the Hooker Carriage Company of New Haven, Connecticut. He had two children: Frank Henry Hooker, born in New Haven on January 11, 1843; and Norman Albert Hooker, born in New Haven on August 17, 1847. He died in Kensington on October 3, 1873.  Mrs. Clarissa Hooker died on October 2, 1880 in the Kensington home at the age of 69.