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The Town of Clinton Historical Society, in partnership with the Town of Clinton, commissioned a survey of its historic buildings in 2012–2013. It was prepared by the historic architectural firm of Larson Fisher Associates and completed in 2014. For many reasons the Town of Clinton has a right to be proud of its remaining historic structures.

According to Larson and Fisher, “There are several remarkable findings of the survey—one being the large number (75) of Federal style buildings; these date to the period between 1776 and 1820, inclusive.” They found even more buildings—79—still standing from the next historical period, the Greek Revival, dating from 1830 to 1860. They also surveyed structures dating up to 1965, bringing them to a remarkable conclusion: “Clinton buildings built 150 years or more ago are nearly as numerous as those built during the Post World War II housing boom. This, as much as any finding, indicates the strong historic character of the town.”

One of the most important planning tools resulting from the survey is a list of 231 “Significant Properties” that are considered worthy of protection for historic preservation purposes.

Recommendations include:

  • Explore the potential for designating rural historic districts.
  • Evaluate the eligibility of historic hamlets for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
  • Evaluate the eligibility of all pre-Civil War properties for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
  • Undertake intensive-level documentation of 20th century camp and lakeside cottage developments.
  • Develop an appreciation for post-World War II architecture in the town.

The full report is available as a book, Building Clinton: An Architectural Survey 1760– 1965. Available for purchase at SHOP.

Important excepts from the full report are available below:

Project Overview

Appendix C

Significant Properties Database

Addendum

We are grateful to the following who funded the survey and its publication:

The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Carolyn Mark Blackwood
Susan Fowler-Gallagher
Greg Quinn
The Omega Institute
Fran Monahan
Lisa and Paul Thomas
Roland Neumann
Robert Schoch and Linda Brooks
Stewarts Shops
Anonymous (seven donors)

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