WINTHROP WRIGHT RESIDENCE


 


15102 (608) S. Fox River Street – Winthrop Wright Residence (c.1882)

This is a late 19th century two-story wood framed house with a cross gable roof built in a vernacular Cross-Plan that has been converted to commercial use in recent years.  The main portion of the house remains visible behind a large enclosed front porch that dates from the 1920s.   The porch has a low-sloped hipped roof and wood casement windows with a three-over-two light configuration. The north wing of the house has a window bay extension that may date from the 1940s. The windows are all original double hung set with casing surrounds. There is a newer one-story addition at the rear and the site has been altered for its newer commercial use.  The house rests on a limestone foundation with the porch set over a rough-faced concrete block foundation.  The entire structure has been clad in vinyl siding but it retains its overall massing and residential character.

 

The house was likely built soon after the land was subdivided in 1882.   Winthrop Wright and his wife, Roxanna, lived in the home until his death in 1902.   Wright was a pioneer settler in Plainfield, a town supervisor in the 1850s, postmaster in the 1860s, and a long-time dry goods merchant.   A series of owners lived there after the Wright family sold the house in 1912.


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