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Historic Buildings of Bristol: Chauncey Jerome House

Chauncey Jerome House. Photo (c) Historic Buildings of Connecticut

Chauncey Jerome House. Photo (c) Historic Buildings of Connecticut

The house of Chauncey Jerome, on South Street, has seen many changes over the years. Chauncey Jerome was a clockmaker and entrepreneur who became the most successful of the many clock manufacturers in the Bristol area.

His house in Bristol was built in 1832. He later he hired architect Joel T. Case to construct a tower and make other alterations to the building (the semicircular window in the front gable, for instance, was changed to a tripartite Palladian window). The house was later owned by Edward Dunbar.

Threatened with demolition around 2000, the house was saved to become the Bristol Elks Lodge.

The house has lost its tower, as well as other decorative features, and an unattractive modern addition has been constructed on the front. The Images of America series book entitled Bristol Historic Homes has an image on the cover of the house in its former glory.

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