Grant would boost architectural survey
The Wilton Historical Society is waiting to hear back from the State Historic Preservation Office about a grant application submitted in mid-June, seeking $30,000 to support and update Wilton’s 1989 Architectural Survey.
The State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development offers Survey and Planning Grants, funded by the Community Investment Act of 2005, to municipalities and nonprofits to be used for historic preservation planning purposes.
The State Historic Preservation Office usually requires a matching, one-time reimbursement for the grants, but waives that requirement for historic resources inventories like Wilton’s 1989 Architectural Survey.
Also known as the Wilton Cultural Resources Survey, it includes approximately 300 homes of historical and architectural significance in Wilton.
In 1989, an architectural historian, with the support of the historical society and Connecticut Historical Commission, identified, researched and cataloged the town’s historically important structures.
“We are eager to expand on the 1989 Cultural Resources Survey, which is an extremely important document referred to by the historical society, the Historic District and Historic Properties Commission, and the public,” Allison Sanders, commission vice chair, told The Bulletin
Sanders said the Wilton Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Committee would work with an architectural historian to survey approximately 20 more buildings built before 1930, as well as an additional 350 homes built between 1920 and 1940.
“We also wish to digitize the existing information in the 1989 survey, combine it with the new research, and make it available online,” said Sanders.
As part of the Wilton Historical Society’s Historic Marker Program, houses listed in the 1989 Architectural Survey are eligible for historic markers and specially cast bronze medallions. Each historic marker includes the name of the building’s original owner and its date of construction.
One of these markers can be found at the Lambert House at 150 Danbury Road, and another can be found at the Raymond-Fitch House on the historical society’s 244 Danbury Road campus.
As for the status of the $30,000 grant, “to date, there is no information from the state,” Wilton Historic District and Historic Properties Commission Chair Colleen Fawcett told the Bulletin on Sept. 19.
A list of homes on the 1989 Architectural Survey is available here, and details of the homes listed on the survey are available in the Wilton Library History Room at 137 Old Ridgefield Road.
To learn more about the Wilton Historical Society and its programs, visit wiltonhistorical.org.