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New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Station, Railroad Place, Southport, Fairfield County, CT



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Item Title


Location
Railroad Place, Southport, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CT-293
Building/structure dates: 1884 initial construction
Significance: The N.Y., N.H. & H. Railroad first rolled through Southport in 1849, thereby establishing a fast, direct link between this small village and Eastern urban centers. In 1884 the board-and-batten depot, built 1859, was struck by flying sparks and burned, creating an urgent need for a new station. The unique architectural character of the new 1884 depot is mostly the result of alterations to the structure's original fabric. As originally constructed the rectangular brick depot, with projecting side bays, was covered by an expansive gable roof. The wide eaves were supported by brackets trimmed with wooden openwork vergeboards. The need for a more protective roof covering resulted in the addition of a deep pent roof at the second level. The depot has been well maintained throughout the years, and remains a busy intersection along the New York City commuter line.

Subjects
Railroad Stations


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1966 GENERAL VIEW OF EXTERIOR
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1966 GENERAL VIEW OF EXTERIOR FROM SOUTH
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1966 DETAIL OF PENT ROOF BRACKETS
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1966 DETAIL OF GABLE END BRACKETING
5. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer September 1966 DETAIL OF SOUTHWEST GABLE END


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