Chester Smolski


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A historic saltbox house in Litchfield, Connecticut. The saltbox style is a Colonial design that originated in New England in around 1650, its name deriving to the styles similarity to the salt boxes that often were used in 17th and 18th century kitchens. They are characterized by a short roof in the front and an asymmetrically long roof in the back.


Bibliography: "The Salt-Box House." The New York Times, 22 Dec 1900, Accessed 14 Dec 2016. "Saltbox Houses in the Historic American Buildings Survey." The Library of Congress, 2014, Accessed 14 Dec 2016.


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


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