Historic Resources Inventory Survey
In 1979, The Ridgefield Historic and Architectural Resources Survey recorded over 500 buildings and structures in Ridgefield to document their architectural and historical significance. The document serves as an extraordinary record of Ridgefield’s built environment and aids in preservation efforts.
In August 2022, the Historical Society received grants from the CT State Historic Preservation Office to update and expand this survey. Work began in fall of 2022 and the Architectural Survey of 300 Ridgefield properties is expected to begin in late April 2023.
The Survey was scanned at high resolution by the archivist at the UConn Library, Laura Smith, who has kindly provided the scans for our town’s reference. Note that these are large files.
High-Resolution, Searchable PDFs from 1979
Lower-Resolution, Non-Searchable PDFs from 1983
The three-part Xeroxed scans contain additional information, updates from 1983, and a few property forms that do not appear in the 5-part scan.
Guideline for Local Surveys
Conducting a survey of historic properties requires planning and grant funding. This process is done in coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The National Park Service has provided a good reference on conducting a local survey.
Listing of Properties on Historic Registers
One of the most prevalent misconceptions about listing your property on the National or State Register of Historic Places is that it imposes restrictions to alterations or demolition. Only properties that are within Ridgefield’s two Local Historic Districts and Village District (both created under State Statute) are subject to design review. Listing your property on the National or State Registers can provide financial benefits but are mostly honorary. Almost the entire commercial core of Ridgefield is listed on the National or State Registers, not to mention six others as well as individual properties.