Bank Street Historic District

207-231 Bank St., Waterbury, Connecticut


Pritchard Building


Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The Whittemore Building, which owes its name to a leading Naugatuck Valley industrialist - John Howard Whittemore, was built on the south-west corner of land which he bought in 1901 and developed into a single commercial property called the Pritchard Block (199-219 Bank Street). Whittemore was president of the Naugatuck Malleable Iron Company, a director and vice president of the Colonial Trust Company of Waterbury, as well as a major real estate investor and developer in Waterbury and other sections of New England, Chicago, Cleveland, and the west. Built as an infill between two elaborate yet notably different buildings, the more reserved Georgian Revival building was designed by Wilfred E. Griggs, a Waterbury architect who made a visible impact on the city's appearance in its turn-of-the-century expansion. The Whittemore Building is modest in comparison to Griggs' other designs, but appropriate and straightforward in relation to its neighbors. More valuable than the individual significance of the Whittemore Building is its place within Bank Street Historic District: a contiguous row of large, multi-story buildings set close to the sidewalk, highly decorative and diverse in style, yet closely related in size, scale, and materials. Together the four buildings are typical of Waterbury's commercial architecture at the turn of the century. They also represent the city's prosperity and its economic growth during that period. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CT-409)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 1983
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Victorian; Other architectural type; Eclectic
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Multiple dwelling; Specialty store; Communications facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1883; 1904
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • November 2, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett