Griggs Building, 221-227 Bank Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT
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221-227 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CT-410
Building/structure dates: 1884 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1904 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1978 subsequent work
Significance: The Griggs Building, built for a prominent Waterbury citizen, Henry C. Griggs, is an elaborate and rare example of the Queen Anne style applied to commercial architecture. The National Register states that the Griggs Building, designed by Waterbury architect Robert W. Hill, "stands among the best examples of Queen Anne commercial architecture in the state." Acknowledgment must be given to Hill's skillful incorporation of this style, known for its asymmetry and eclectic forms, into the facade-oriented building. But, perhaps more valuable than the individual significance of the Griggs Building, is its place within the Bank Street Historic District: a contiguous row of large multi-story buildings set close to the sidewalk, highly decorative and diverse in style, yet closely related in size, scale, and materials. Together the four buildings are typical of Waterbury's commercial architecture at the turn of the century. They also represent the city's prosperity and its economic growth during that period.
Hill, Robert W.
Griggs, Henry C.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. VIEW NORTHEAST, SECOND FROM RIGHT
2. VIEW EAST, WEST FRONT ELEVATION
3. VIEW WEST, EAST REAR ELEVATION
4. FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH BAY, LOOKING WEST
5. SECOND FLOOR & NORTHEAST ROOM, WEST WALL, WAINSCOTTING & ARCH DETAILS
6. FOURTH FLOOR, NORTH CENTER ROOM, NORTH WALL, TYPICAL SMALL ROOM
7. SECOND FLOOR, SOUTHWEST ROOM, SOUTHWEST CORNER, SHOWING FIREPLACE, WAINSCOTTING & WINDOW SASH DETAILS
8. THIRD FLOOR, NORTHWEST ROOM, NORTH WALL, FIREPLACE DETAIL
9. FIRST FLOOR, NORTHEAST CORNER OF CENTER BAY, LOOKING EAST AND UP STAIRWELL
10. SECOND FLOOR, SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CENTER BAY, LOOKING NORTHEAST AND UP STAIRWELL
11. FIFTH FLOOR, WEST WALL TO CENTER BAY, LOOKING EAST AND DOWN STAIRWELL
12. SECOND FLOOR, CENTER BAY, LOOKING NORTHEAST, STAIRWAY DETAILS
13. THIRD FLOOR, CENTER BAY, LOOKING NORTHWEST, STAIRWAY DETAILS
14. FIFTH FLOOR, CENTER BAY, LOOKING NORTHEAST, SKYLIGHT DETAIL
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