Professor Collier: Save Sanford-Bristol House

University of Connecticut Professor Emeritus of History, and former Connecticut State Historian, Christopher (“Kit”) Collier, yesterday published a letter in the Connecticut Post, calling for Milford citizens to save the threatened Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1790).

Image of the Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1789-90).

The Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1789-90). From “History of Milford, Connecticut: 1639-1939″.

In his Connecticut Post letter, Professor Collier dismissed the notion that a replica home can seamlessly replace an historic original, while also observing that many Connecticut homes in far worse condition than the Sanford-Bristol House have been saved and restored over the years. He finally called upon Milford’s citizenry to attempt to save this unique home via their collective voice.

Demolition markings on the Sanford-Bristol House.

Demolition markings on the Sanford-Bristol House.

If you have not already done so, please send an email in support of saving the Sanford-Bristol House, to the Milford Preservation Trust. There’s still time; every voice is needed, and every voice counts.

About Kit Collier

After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1964, Professor and Historian Christopher Collier taught school in Connecticut, as well as at Columbia’s Teachers College. He also wrote a number of well-known historical novels based on colonial and Revolutionary War history, many in collaboration with his brother, James Collier. From 1984 t0 2004, Professor Collier served as Connecticut’s State Historian. He and his wife are also owners and restorers of a circa 1790 home in Orange, Connecticut.

Image of Professor Christopher Collier

Professor Christopher Collier (Image Source:


About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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