185 Broad Street, Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States, 06109
The Silas W. Robbins House was built in 1873 for Silas Robbins, an owner of the seed business Johnson, Robbins and Co., in the Wethersfield Historic District in Connecticut. Now operating as a unique Bed & Breakfast, the residence offers two full stories with a mansard roof and dormers creating a unique third floor living space. The Silas W. Robbins House revealed, “The entry porches with a balcony above displays elaborate trim, as do the arched windows. Several of the windows occur in pairs. A handsome porte-cochere with its own mansard roof projects from the north side of the house, while a conservatory with bay windows extends from the south side. Wood shingles cover the original clapboard on the exterior. In December of 1996 a fire consumed the roof and damaged much of the interior on the upper floors. The outer shell, with the exception of the roof, remains intact. All the exterior decorative elements survive including the ornate cast-iron railing that crowned the mansard roof.”
“This house is a valuable component of the historic district and the most sophisticated example of the Second Empire style in Wethersfield. The Silas W. Robbins house is purchased on May 14, 2001 by Shireen and John Aforismo, who started the long and arduous process of restoring this home to its original prominence. Restoration began in 2001 and continued up until the October 2007 for the grand opening of the Silas W. Robbins House Bed & Breakfast.” To learn more about the Bed & Breakfast visit the Silas W. Robbins House. Photography found on Silas W. Robbins House website & Facebook.