This home is located in the Prospect Hill Historic District, which overlooks the Willimantic River to the south and the Natchaug River to the east.
Most of the homes in this area were built after the Civil War and most completed by the end of the Victorian era, with nearly 460 houses standing by 1910.
The area has one of the highest concentrations of Victorian architecture in the state, including Second Empire and Queen Anne styles, Italianate, Stick, Shingle, and Eastlake styles. The "Hill" as the neighborhood was once known, also contained one of the largest concentrations of entrepreneurial talent in the region. While there were no extremes of wealth or poverty, it was home to a substantial middle class, at first, mostly descendants of old Yankee stock. The upper echelons of this class, the builders of the "mini mansions" on the more desirable streets, were managers and owners of mills and stores, commodity wholesalers, financiers and bankers, and educated professionals, and a number held elected or appointed local and state offices.
Willimantic evolved as a fully-fledged industrial city specializing in the manufacture of textiles and thread, as well as a regional hub for the railroads. Major mill complexes along the Willimantic River were erected for Windham Cotton on the west and Willimantic Linen Company, later the American Thread Company (ATCO), on the east.
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