Moses Latham House // c.1845

Noank is a charming seaside village within the town of Groton that is centered on a peninsula at the mouth of the Mystic River where it spills out into the Long Island Sound. Historically, the area was known as Nauyang (meaning “point of land”) and was a summer camping ground of the Pequot people, but they were driven out in 1655 following the Pequot War. White settlement was slow here until the mid-19th century, when the shipbuilding and fishing economy took off here. As a result, houses, stores, churches and industries were built, and an entire village was formed. Most extant homes here were constructed starting in the 1840s as the village (and nearby Mystic) saw economic growth from the maritime trades. This house, the Moses Latham House, was constructed for Mr. Latham in about 1845. The house is Greek Revival in style with flush-board siding, a fan light in the gable which reads as a pediment, and a simple portico supported by fluted Doric columns.

2 thoughts on “Moses Latham House // c.1845

  1. Natasha March 17, 2023 / 8:40 pm

    I find the simplicity of the design so pleasing to the eye. Your posts have also made me realise I am seemingly drawn to white symmetrical homes. Not sure how that will pan out but nevertheless..

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    • Buildings of New England March 19, 2023 / 3:55 pm

      Haha they say “less is more” and I can agree. Good proportions and simple design can be calming and pleasing to the eye, just as ornate Victorian era homes can be visually striking.


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