Sanford-Bristol House: Connecticut Trust Joins The Fight

Today, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation joined the Milford Preservation Trust as a co-plaintiff in their legal fight to save the threatened Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1790), of Milford, Connecticut.

Rather than write my own version of this, here’s the complete, public announcement, as posted on the Connecticut Trust’s Facebook page, and also in a recent press release:

Image of the Sanford-Bristol House.

(Image Credit: Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation/Greg Farmer)

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation joined the Milford Preservation Trust as co-plantiff in their legal action to save the Sanford-Bristol house, 111-113 North St. Milford from destruction. The house is a contributing structure in the River Park National Register of Historic Places district.

On October 11, 2013, two days before a local delay of demolition period was set to expire, the Milford Preservation Trust filed suit under Section 22a-19a of the CT Environmental Protection Act, which allows citizens to challenge unreasonable destruction of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In response to the filing, the court issued a temporary restraining order forbidding any demolition before a hearing could be held, currently scheduled for October 28 2013.

A hearing on the issue is set for October 28, 2013 to determine if the destruction is unreasonable and if there exists a prudent and feasible alternative to the destruction. 

Helen Higgins, Executive Director at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, supports the Milford Preservation Trust, explaining, “Protection of Connecticut’s historic resources is our highest priority at the Trust. We join this suit to continue to support our local partners as they strive to preserve a significant building in historic Milford.”

Please call The Trust at 203.562.6312, or email EMarchitto@cttrust.org with questions.

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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