North Village Area

The North Village Area was documented by the Weston Historical Commission in 1994 and includes the following properties:
  • 360, 373, 377, 378, 390, 389, 392, 395, 399, 402, 405, 406, 413, 412, 415, 418, 419, 420, 425, 428, 431, and 432 North Avenue
For the complete 1994 area form including data sheets and photographs, see the North Village Area Form (PDF). Some changes in the original form have been made below, reflecting later research.

Architectural Description of the Area

The North Village Area covers 1/3 of a mile stretch of North Avenue between Conant and Merriam Street in the northwest corner of Weston. The area is important, not so much for the high architectural quality of the houses but because they retain a degree of consistency of age, massing and setback. Because of the historical importance of North Avenue and the quality of houses in the nearby North Avenue Area and Kendal Green Area (see area forms), it is important to also protect the remaining character of this stretch of the roadway.

Houses within the North Village area range in age from ca.1730 to 1989. The predominant style is Colonial Revival in its various incarnations from 1903 to 1950 - a fact which contributes to the cohesiveness of the area. Lot sizes range from about 15,000 square feet to 4.66 acres, with most lots between 1/2 and 1 acre. Many of the houses in this area have been altered with the installation of aluminum or vinyl siding and / or removal of original trim, window sash, doors, and porch posts. Still, the area retains many pre-World War I houses and barns which could be much enhanced if properly restored.
360 North Avenue
The Bradyll Smith House at 360 North Avenue (ca.1730, MHC 619, Map #1) is a much-altered early Colonial house.  The symmetrical 2 ½-story, five-bay house has a central chimney.  The front door in the center of the front facade has sidelights and fluted pilasters characteristic of the later Greek Revival style.  A three-story central pavilion, which rises to the height of the ridge line, was probably added in the mid-19th century or later. The house is presently sheathed with vinyl siding.
Bradyll Smith House at 360 North Avenue
A house and barn at 415 North Avenue
415 North Avenue
415 North Avenue (ca.1835, MHC 235, Map #15), 419 North Avenue (ca. 1834, MHC 234, Map #14) and 431 North Avenue (1834-remodelled 20th c., Map #12) are all thought to have been built in the mid-1830s.  #415, which includes a handsome gable-front barn, is a  2 ½-story, five-bay, side-gable Federal house which has been remodeled since the MHC form was completed in 1994.  New clapboards were installed, window sash was changed to 1/1 and a contemporary style door was installed.  No. 431 was remodeled earlier in the century, at which time the unique Gothic style windows were removed and the building was changed to its present Colonial Revival appearance.
413 North Avenue
413 North Avenue (c.1850, MHC 623, Map #17) appears to be Greek Revival in style, although much of the trim, if it remains, is now covered with aluminum or vinyl siding. The house has an entrance at offset left, with sidelights, as well as 1/1 window sash, and a wing extending east, with porch across the front. This property also includes a notable 1 1/2 - story barn with cupola and weather vane.
406 North Avenue
[the following paragraph comes from the 2000 inventory form and replaces an earlier paragraph]

406 North Avenue (MHC 620, Map #6) (c.1870) is a post-Civil war farmhouse with Second Empire / Italianate features. The house is charming and well-maintained and contributes greatly to the North Avenue streetscape.

The 1 1/2 story house has a front section that is 3 X 4 bays and is oriented with the gambrel end to the street. This section has a 1-story porch across the front with square porch posts (not chamfered or decorated) set on a concrete slab.
A large house at 406 North Avenue
The front entrance gives evidence of the mid-19th century age of the house and the fact that alterations have taken place. The door originally had full sidelights, which have been blocked up. In the peak of the gambrel is a round headed window characteristic of the Italianate style. Extending northwest from the main block is a wing, and off the wing a rear ell. Most windows are 6/6 with shutters.

The house has dormers which provide light into the 2nd floor on the north and south (side) facades. Dormer windows are 2/2. The house has 2 chimneys, both on the north side of the ridge line. Inside, the mid-19th century detailing includes corner blocks at all windows, with smaller square blocks within each corner block, and heavy fluting of the window frames. Similar framing is used around the front door on the inside.

The newel post is typical of the Italianate style. The house plan has a front and back parlor on 1 side of the hall way and a kitchen in the wing at the other side.
North Avenue Expansion
About the turn of the century, North Avenue was widened, which put many houses closer to the road.  The following houses had been built by 1910, according to records in the tax assessor’s office:
  • 392 North Avenue (ca.1903, Map #4)
  • 428 North Avenue (ca.1903, Map #10)
  • 405 North Avenue (ca.1903, MHC 621, Map #18)
The latter house is a 2 1/2 - story, gable front house, a typical form for Weston farmhouses at the turn-of-the-century. A distinctive feature is the use of fieldstone to enclose the front porch. This property also includes a notable turn-of-the-century barn with later attached garage at the rear, as well as a well-built stone wall in front with handsome entrance posts. 392 North Avenue is a two-story, two-bay, hip-roofed house with a screened porch across the front.  Like #405, this porch uses a fieldstone wall to enclose the lower portion of the porch.  The house is now sheathed with aluminum/vinyl siding.

399 North Avenue
399 North Avenue (c.1927, MHC 622, Map #19) is a well-detailed two-story Colonial Revival house with a hip roof and central entrance featuring a narrow elliptical fanlight, sidelights, and a semi-circular pediment supported on columns.

North Village Area Map
A white house at 399 North Avenue
North Village Area map