Once again on Saturday, September 28, The Torrington Historical Society is hosting a house tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This house tour includes the following six houses that provide house tour participants with a variety of architectural styles. Tickets are available online and on the day of the tour. Check-in is at the NW CT Chamber of Commerce located on 333 Kennedy Drive in Torrington. For online tickets https://www.torringtonhousetour.org/touroverview.html.
William Shotola House, 1947
This attractive house in a well-preserved north end neighborhood was built just after WWII for William Shotola, the assistant sales manager for the Torrington Company. It was constructed in the colonial revival style and is unique for the use of clinker brick on the exterior. The home is beautifully decorated with a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings and creative paint colors.
Lorrain Thrall house, ca. 1825
This Greek Revival style farmhouse was built around 1825 by Lorrain Thrall, a successful farmer. The exterior is high style and very well preserved. Over time, the home underwent renovations and additions but the house still has much of its early 19th-century character as evidenced by the original wide board flooring and distinctive wood moldings. It is exceptionally well furnished and decorated.
F.L. Dougal House, ca. 1914
This architect-designed colonial revival home was built in 1914 for F.L. Dougal who was a foreman at the Coe Brass Branch of American Brass. The home has been meticulously restored on the outside retains many of the original interior features including oak woodwork, original chandeliers, butler’s pantry and built-in dining room cupboard.
Homer Thrall House, ca. 1902
This well-preserved historic home in the Wilson Ave neighborhood was built around 1902 for Homer Thrall an employee of the Excelsior Needle Company. This house is architecturally classified as an American Four Square. The house retains its original character outside and inside. The spacious interior features original oak woodwork, hardwood floors, and an impressive fireplace mantel.
William J. Allison House, 1957
A post-WWII boom in new, single-family housing led to the creation of Torcon Drive in the mid-1950s. William J. Allison, a machine operator at the Torrington Company, is listed as the first owner of this house in 1957. His daughter Shirley lived here until 2015. The home has hardwood floors and is furnished in a stylish mid-century modern aesthetic well suited to contemporary tastes.
Doolittle House, ca. 1850
Returning by popular demand from our first house tour, this mid 19th century home is a real gem. The house was constructed in the Greek Revival Style. The current owners have restored the 1850 house with its original moldings and wide floorboards. A new kitchen was created within the historic home and a great room addition was added. The home blends historic preservation with new construction.