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Neighborhoods of Milford: Historic District

Plaques denote historical significance of town buildings and structures.

The Milford Historic District extends up North Street and West River Street from City Hall to the Post Road. Historic District II, also referred to as South of the Green, includes High Street south of the Green, Green Street, Pond Street, Lafayette Street.

Plaques are aplenty. National Register of Historic Places recorded property plaques and Milford Preservation Trust historically significant landmark plaques can be spotted on buildings throughout the Historic District. The Milford Preservation Trust plaques are black and gold while the National Register of Historic Places are blue, orange and white.

John August 04, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Kind of seems like a waste of Money. We are all fighting to be fiscally responsible and someone is dishing out money for plaques and money to fund a garbage museum in Bridgeport. We saved the Downs House, now lets get it sold and back on the tax records
Alice August 05, 2011 at 01:22 AM
Historical Districts do good things. They preserve the character of the neighborhood, not in an overly intrusive way but by instituting guidelines about exterior appearances, only. Milford has never had an architectural design review board, so as long as a new structure meets P&Z requirements about lot size, set backs, etc., there is nothing neighbors can do if someone comes in and wants to build a glass box in the middle of a beautiful 1890's neighborhood. I would like to hear from my neighbors in the Gulf Street area about this. As to the "waste of money" for plaques, etc., please. This is a very minimal cost and it is almost certainly paid for by personal contributions, not tax dollars. A lot of people in Milford care about the historical character of our neighborhoods and are willing to make voluntary contributions to the Milford Historical Society to enhance recognition of historical sites in our small city.
Amy Mortensen August 08, 2011 at 09:56 PM
I am not from Milford but I enjoyed walking through town photographing the Historic District. It is wonderful that these structures have been preserved and recorded. The plaques drew my attention to the homes and made me appreciate the neighborhood more than I would have minus the plaques. I think it is important to preserve and document architectural history. Regarding guidelines of exterior appearances I am reminded of a building on the UConn Storrs campus - the old co-op bookstore which I believe was built in the 1970s - the "modern" architecture did not fit in with the rest of the campus (i.e. stuck out like a sore thumb) and ultimately was torn down in favor of a timeless brick building instead. Modern architecture has its place in the world... however, the surrounding environment should be taken into consideration.

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