Annual Preservation Awards
The annual preservation awards recognize historic preservation work that preserves the historic character and charm of Torrington while and contributing to its viability as an attractive and livable small city. The awards recognize the restored historic buildings as well as the owners who have accomplished the historic preservation work. The awards are given each year for a residential and commercial property.
2023 Historic Preservation Awards
417 Prospect Street
Owned and restored by Tom & Heidi Taylor
This substantial residence was built by Hotchkiss Brothers Company in 1896 for Charles Agard, owner of a hardware store in downtown Torrington. Architectural historians have noted that the house is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in downtown Torrington. Noteworthy features include the home’s irregular massing, the small tower with a conical roof, a wraparound front porch with its tall fieldstone foundation, and detailed siding and trim.
The house was purchased by the Taylors in 2016. It was the dream home they had been looking for. It was a simple decision for the couple who has family the area and sought to get away from the busy city life in West Haven. When the couple took ownership the house during the summer of 2016, the property was showing signs of deferred maintenance in many areas. While Tom and Heidi tackled the dining room and flooring in the rear entrance and kitchen areas, they contracted professionals to restore and paint the exterior of the house. First steps included a new roof and gutters. Then they had the house professionally abated for lead paint and repainted. Original wooden window sash were glazed and repainted. The couple chose a medium gray body color, white trim, and accents painted in red and black. More recently, the couple has done extensive work to save the historic carriage house on the property.
The preservation award was especially deserved for the sensitive exterior restoration which preserved the historic appearance of the original siding and trim, the signature front porch and the preservation of original window sash. The Taylors enjoy the challenges of renovating a historic home and they have a true respect and love for the history and features of their historic home.
Agard-Taylor House at 417 Prospect Street
owned and restored by Tom & Heidi Taylor