Smith’s Corner Store // c.1865

One of the largest and most stunning buildings in the town of Franklin, Connecticut is this Italianate style structure along the Hartford-Norwich Turnpike. The building appears to have been built soon after the conclusion of the American Civil War by brothers John Owen Smith (1819-1896) and Prentice Orrin Smith (1817-1898) who possibly operated the building as a tavern or inn along the route between Hartford and Norwich. The three-story, five-bay facade structure featured round arched windows at the top floor, a raised belvedere at the roof, bracketed cornice with overhanging eaves, and later storefronts at the facade. The building is occupied today by Victorian House, a furniture store.

3 thoughts on “Smith’s Corner Store // c.1865

    • Buildings of New England January 16, 2023 / 12:59 pm

      Are you looking for specific information? Most of my research comes from publicly available resources.


      • Beth Rossheim, Ph.D. January 16, 2023 / 5:12 pm

        I see references to the Pequot Colony and the influence it had on visitors to New London who displayed wealth and influence. Yet, although I grew up in exactly that area of the city, I never found a single remaining structure beyond Lighthouse Inn. Are there records, photos, newspaper stories, or structures (however renovated) from that institution. I saw an article that compared the gatherings to Newport. That’s pretty enticing stuff!


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