Author Archives: John Poole

About John Poole

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

Milford BOA: Preservation Ordinances

News from the Milford Preservation Trust: Dear Preservation Supporters, There are 2 items on the City of Milford’s Board of Aldermen meeting agenda for Monday evening, December 1st,  and the Milford Preservation Trust would love your attendance. Any supporting remarks you … Continue reading

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Halloween Ghosts of Milford Past

The Milford Preservation Trust will be opening the John Downs House, c. 1790, at 139 North Street, Milford, Connecticut, to the public this Halloween, Friday, October 31st, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Among the ectoplasmic guests expected to attend … Continue reading

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Imminent Demolition of the Elijah Bryan House, c. 1790

Once again, another 18th century home in Milford, Connecticut, is under threat of demolition. This time, it’s the Elijah Bryan House, c. 1790, located at 250 Gulf Street. Unfortunately, this home is not situated in any of Milford’s historic districts, … Continue reading

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Sanford-Bristol House Presentation

The Milford Preservation Trust will be offering a free presentation on Milford’s historic Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1789), at their 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, June 20th, 2014, at the DAR Building, 55 Prospect Street, Milford, Connecticut. This … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2014 on Building Moxie

Today, April 22, 2014, is Earth Day 2014. As has become something of a tradition in recent years, I’d been invited again this year to submit an Earth Day article for Building Moxie. My topic this year is the single … Continue reading

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Preservation Award for Sanford-Bristol House Rescue

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will be presenting their 2014 Merit Awards, this coming Wednesday evening, April 9th, 2014, at the Hall of Flags of the State Capitol, in Hartford. This award recognizes people, organizations, or projects, that have … Continue reading

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Roof Raking Antics

We’ve been having quite a severe winter here in good ol’ southern Connecticut, along with much of the rest of the nation. Heavy and frequent snow fall, along with prolonged low temperatures (well below freezing) for weeks on end, have … Continue reading

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New Owner For Sanford-Bristol House

A long (and anxiously) awaited press release has just been issued by the Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation identifying the new owner of Milford’s historic Sanford-Bristol House. Sources say the new owner, Lesley Mills, owner and director of Griswold Home … Continue reading

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Best Christmas Present Ever

“The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can.” — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Well, something like that, anyway. That phrase more or less conveys … Continue reading

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Snow at Sanford-Bristol House

The past two days have seen the first significant snow falls of this winter season in our area. Here’s a photo I took this morning of Milford’s Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1789), covered by freshly fallen snow from last night: However, this grand … Continue reading

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