John E. Bassett & Company, 754 Chapel Street, New Haven, New Haven County, CT
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754 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CT-283
Building/structure dates: 1828 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 182 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1889 subsequent work
Significance: The John E. Bassett & Co. store is reputed to be the oldest existing hardware store in the United States and is the oldest business in New Haven, having been continuously operated by a surviving partner. It possesses a remarkably early cast-iron store-front frame and one of the earliest remaining hoists (manually operated) in the state.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Ned Goode, Photographer July 1964 NORTH FRONT
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Ned Goode, Photographer July 1964 HOIST IN ATTIC
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Ned Goode, Photographer July 1964 ROOF FRAMING
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