Home of former Conn governor to be torn down

Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission has approved demolition of the historic building at 27 Governor Street, once the home of Gov. Phineas Lounsbury. Photo: Newstimes.com / Evan Fallor
Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission has approved demolition of the historic building at 27 Governor Street, once the home of Gov. Phineas Lounsbury. Photo: Newstimes.com / Evan Fallor

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Ridgefield building that once served as home for 19th-century Connecticut Governor Phineas Lounsbury faces demolition.

The house on Governor Street has been repurposed into a professional building, which officials say diminishes its historical value.

It was purchased by the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, which plans to tear it down to make way for a new headquarters.

The town’s Historical Society tells the News Times of Danbury it has given up attempts to save the house. They do hope to salvage parts of the building such as fireplaces, doors and trim that date back to when Lounsbury lived there.

Lounsbury, a Republican, served as Connecticut governor from 1887 until 1889 when he retired from politics. His brother, George Lounsbury, was the state’s governor from 1899 until 1901.

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Information from: The News-Times

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