Historic Homes of Longmeadow

796 Longmeadow Street (#43 The Mather-Colton-Smith House - 1856)

John Mather, a New Haven lawyer, hired a New York architect, possibly Calvert Vaux, a well known student of Andrew Jackson Downing (see #47) and Frederick Law Olmstead, to build this bracket cottage in a Gothic Revival style. Built of brick with slate roof, the wide overhang is emphasized by the brackets and the horizontal beams between the gables of the roof supporting a spired ornament extending about the ridge. The Gothic style is apparent in the floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor and the veranda.

[Photo contributed by Rachel Port]
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