Two More Ridgefield Houses Designated 'Historic'

37 Catoonah Street and 75 Olmstead Lane were recently included in the town's historic district to the west of Main Street.

Two more houses in Ridgefield have been designated historic.

The houses located at 37 Catoonah Street and 75 Olmstead Lane were recently included in the town's historic district to the west of Main Street.

During a recent Board of Selectmen meeting First Selectman Rudy Marconi explained that Ridgefield has two historic districts in the downtown: One to the east of Main Street the other to the west. He said the two houses fell just outside of the historic district.

Marconi said the Historic Properties Commission, which designates specific houses as historic, was created in 2000, and is served by the same people who sit on the Historic District Commission, which focuses on historic districts.

Thomas Soukup June 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM
The Historic District Commission (HDC) is governed by Connecticut State Statutes (Sections 7-147a – 147k) as well as local ordinances and has the responsibility of preserving the historic character of the homes and properties of Ridgefield’s two historic districts and one historic property.The Historic District Commission does not have jurisdiction over the use of a building or property, paint colors, interiors, landscaping, or features that cannot be viewed from a public street, way or place. It would seem ,however, that those areas in public view are not yours to do with as you wish.A property owner who wishes to construct, repair, alter or expand a house or fixed items on a property must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness by filling out an application. These are placed along side of the Cell Tower applications
Dalony Cutting June 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Being inside" the historic district" is a very mixed blessing! There is good reason to preserve the looks of the buildings listed as historic, but the rules are out of date and draconian. We had to replace many early wooden columns....and even though we could have EXACT copies made in modern materials at tenths of the cost of wooden ones, we were FORCED to spend many thousands of extra dollars on wood simply to obay the rules. The future for the hustoric buildings is sorely threatened by this short sighted rule...look at England where they have finally realized how it has led to so many churches and other historic and beautiful land mark buildings going into ruin ...no one can afford the replacement today of things hand made hundreds of years ago by craftsmen...so the buildings are allowed to decay. The rules, and the people that set them MUST get more up to date in the way they view maintaining these old buildings...today we have wonderful new materials that can exactly reproduce the look of the old...but which are far more weather resistant and will last many years longer. If the historic buildings rules are not updated, we will not be able to maintain these buildings AT ALL.
Thomas Soukup June 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM
UNDERSTAND: That was the same question I had, so I can't even speculate. The Realtors or Town Fathers may know but whatever the value,if any, its not worth Big Brother standing over me to make sure I don't paint my front door the wrong color.


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