Russell, Samuel Wadsworth, House

350 High St., Middletown, Connecticut


Samuel Russell House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Thomas T. Waterman, Photographer 1936

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Nationally significant as the home of the founder of Russell & Company, the legendary nineteenth-century leader in the American China trade, the exceptionally well-preserved Samuel Wadsworth Russell House (1827-1829) is also considered to be the premier domestic example of the Corinthian Greek Revival style in the Northeast. Conceived and executed during the early flowering of a classically derived national aesthetic, Ithiel Town's design for this beautifully proportioned "urban villa" was widely disseminated, fostering the rise of the Greek Revival as the classic American style in the antebellum period. Additional significance is derived from a wealth of associated primary source material that provides insight into Town's career as one of the country's first professional architects. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, August 7, 2001

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 6, 1970
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Other architectural type; Greek Temple
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Religious structure; College
Period of significance
Significant years
1827; 1829

Update Log 

  • February 13, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • September 28, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett