Patrick and Annie Kelly Farmstead

890 Evergreen Avenue • Hamden, CT • New Haven County

Historical Significance

At the time of construction of the farmhouse, c. 1875, a 19-acre property was owned by Jared Dickerman, a well-to- do farmer in Mount Carmel Village, just north along Whitney Avenue. Dickerman mortgaged the property to Patrick and Annie Kelly in 1876 and title was transferred in 1881. The Kellys farmed the site for almost 30 years, and eventually sold it to the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1910.

Photo: View southeast of façade and elevation. (Tod Bryant)


HRI form for Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Notable Features of Building or Site

The farmhouse is a 1½ story vernacular Italianate style structure with a three-bay gable façade facing the street and its ridge-line oriented east-west perpendicular to Evergreen Avenue. The layout is a side-hall plan with the entry in
the left (south) bay under a flat-roofed bracketed porch with square posts on pedestals. The windows are two-over-two double-hung with molded surrounds and projecting sills.

The roof has wide partial cornice returns and the attic has a two-over-two arch-topped double- hung window. A 1½ story ell extends southward from the rear corner of the main block. It has a 1-story hip-roofed porch across the east eave-side, and an entrance into the ell under the porch roof. A 1985 photograph shows wood shingle siding.

Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings

The farm is located on a hilltop site bordered by the Farmington Canal Rail Trail on the west, by Evergreen Avenue and a cemetery on the east, and by Kenwood Avenue on the north. Residential neighborhoods of predominantly 20th-century homes surround the site to the north and south.

Additional Information

Common Name:  Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Lockwood Farm
Date(s):  Built 1875
Historic Use:  Single family house, agriculture
Present Use:  Single family house, agriculture, research/education

Exterior visible from public road.
Interior accessible (during events open to the public).

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