1805 Broad Street.
The last pre 1750 dwelling known to exist from Hartford, Connecticut is a two-story, center chimney cat-slide gambrel. This unusual structure measures 27’ x 36’3” with 8’ ceiling height on the first and second floors. Drop summers, small joists, deep chimney girts and end beams as well as gunstock posts make up the hewn oak frame. The first floor was completely renovated and nothing from the 18th century was found. Original flooring as well as beam casings and doors remained on the second floor. The attic was completely intact, purlin with post framing, rafters pinned at the ridge, roof and end sheathing and flooring. Also, an early chalk drawing was discovered on the roof sheathing. Exterior details salvaged during the disassembly were pegged window frames, front cornice and returns, corner boards, wall sheathing and samples of scarf joined riven clapboards.
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