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Historic Buildings of Bristol: E.D. Rockwell House

Photo (c) Historic Buildings of Connecticut

Photo (c) Historic Buildings of Connecticut

The house at 16-18 Spring Street in Bristol was built in 1883 (or perhaps as early as 1870?). It was designed by the Bristol architect Joel T. Case.

It later became the home of Edward Dutton Rockwell (1855-1925), who came to Bristol in 1888 with his brother Albert F. Rockwell.

Their New Departure Bell Company grew into one of the largest bell factories in America and the largest producer of ball bearings in the world. E.D. Rockwell later left New Departure to become manager of the Liberty Bell Company.

The house has lost its original Italianate tower and second-floor porch.

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