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Tariffville Historic District
Trinity Episcopal Church.JPG
Location Roughly bounded by Winthrop St., Main St., Tunxis Rd., Mountain Rd., and Elm St., Simsbury, Connecticut
Area 93 acres (38 ha)
Built 1824
Architect Dudley, Henry C.
Architectural style Greek Revival, Colonial, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No. 93000173
Added to NRHP April 2, 1993

The Tariffville Historic District is a 93 acres (38 ha) historic district in the town of Simsbury, Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. It is part of the Tariffville section of Simsbury. The district includes 165 contributing buildings and two contributing sites. It also includes 26 non-contributing buildings and 4 non-contributing sites. There are several houses in the district of Gothic Revival style, probably following designs from pattern books of architect Andrew Jackson Downing. The Trinity Episcopal Church is the only building in the district designed by an architect of national standing, namely Henry C. Dudley. Many of the homes in the area were built by the Tariff Manufacturing Company, which opened a carpet mill along the Farmington River, and needed housing for workers.

The historic district is "significant architecturally because it retains the mill housing and street layout of an early 19th-century village as well as the Greek Revival and Gothic Revival structures of later 19th-century development. The commercial blocks, religious structures, and publicly owned buildings, together with the many 19th-century houses and their outbuildings, tell the story of the community's development into the 20th century with integrity and few intrusions." Its boundaries are "drawn to encompass the concentration of historic and architectural resources" of the historic village area. The historic district excludes newer development around West Point Terrace and Hayes Road, as well as properties along White Water Turn, Wooster Road, and Main Street Extension.

Significant contributing properties include:

  • Trinity Church (see #10 of NRHP application's accompanying photographs).
  • William Ketchin Tobacco Company warehouse, 7 Church Street, brownstone "with low towers and castellated roof lines, it has now been dramatically altered by adding a hipped roof of great volume supported by new heavy roof brackets in a modern salute to the Italianate style" (see photo #14)
  • 8-4 Elm Street, worker housing (photo #1)
  • 23-29 Red Hill Road, worker housing (photo #2)
  • 39 Tunxis Road, small Greek Revival (photo #3)
  • 19 Main Street (see photo #4)
  • 40 Winthrop Street (see photo #5)
  • 2 Tunxis Road (see photos #6 and #7)
  • 28 Main Street (see photo #8)
  • 32 Main Street (see photo #9)
  • Saint Bernard's Church (see photo #12)
  • 37 Elm Street (see photo #13)
  • 10 Center Street (see photo #15)
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