City historian says he will oppose demolition of downtown house in historic district

Milford’s City Historian Richard Platt said he plans to oppose the demolition of an historic home on North Street.

The house at 111-113 North Street, known as the Thomas Sanford/David Bristol house, was built in 1790. Platt said it is unusual because it is a half gambrel, half saltbox with two large kitchen fireplaces.

The house sold in January for $150,000.

The interior of the house needs considerable repair. One woman who toured the house when it was for sale said she was shocked at the condition of the interior because it had declined tremendously since she had been inside it in the late 1990s.

"It's just been plain neglected," Platt said.

Platt said he thinks the house is important to Milford’s history and he wants to see it renovated and preserved. The current owner, on the other hand, wants to knock the house down and rebuild, incorporating elements of the old house into the new design, Platt said.

The Historic District Commission would have to approve the demolition because the house is in the city's historic district. It also is on a national registry. The Historic District Commission will meet Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of the Parsons Complex.