Palmer, Capt. Nathaniel B., House

Also known as: Palmer-Loper House; Palmer, Nathaniel & Alexander, House
40 Palmer St., Stonington, Connecticut


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The Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House is nationally significant as the home of the Yankee mariner who discovered Antarctica, the last world frontier, in 1820. The house also is an outstanding Connecticut example of mid-nineteenth century domestic architecture. Its transitional style marked the end of the Greek Revival period and anticipated the Victorian Italianate common after the Civil War. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 19, 1996

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1996
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Maritime History; Exploration/Settlement; Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett