Albert Scripture House – Circa 1895
This fine example of late Victorian architecture was built in 1895 for Albert Scripture (1856 – 1922). Scripture had come to Willimantic in 1885 to work as a grocery clerk in the Willimantic Linen Company store, now the Windham Textile & History Museum. He became city assessor in 1906 and from 1910 until his death was Willimantic city clerk and treasurer.
Little is known about the house’s owners from that time to the 80s when the present owner Barbara Presson bought the property from the Ivor Frederickson family. Barbara and her family found the house’s location ideal for a multicultural family and deemed the child accessibility to scouts, church, YMCA, and other activities a bonus! No soccer mom van required!
Even on a street where every home without exception, is outstanding and of the same turn-of-the-century vintage, this property has its unique exterior features. The 3-story home’s pale and dark green colors coordinated with two accent hues meld perfectly with the flowering trees and shrubs which accentuate the front yard. Another noteworthy aspect of the front of the house is the comfortable porch which curves to the side area. The upper spindles of alternating pattern are worthy of particular attention.
The beauty of the rear yard which can be completely viewed from the kitchen is truly amazing given that it is in the heart of the city and ECSU territory. Like the majority of homes on Windham Street, the plots are large and extend to Tingley Street to the west. This provides an exceptionally spacious backyard and, is a perfect setting for a stone wall which runs the length of the property, and for a stately red oak that is of monumental size and most certainly must be one of the oldest in the area.
The charming interior is typical of the period with its formal foyer, double living rooms, large dining room, family kitchen, front & back staircase and huge windows throughout. The visitor will notice the stunning diamond and square shaped stained glass window on the upper staircase landing. Don’t miss its counterpart in miniature under the front staircase. Also noted should be the interesting fireplace adaptation and the fact that there are three sets of working pocket doors. That is one feature that makes this home unique from the others on the tour. In addition, visitors will appreciate the abundance of healthy plants and interesting antique pieces of furniture throughout.