The house is slated to be demolished by the town as of January 31, unless action is taken. The loss of this house would be an irreparable loss to Clinton's historic legacy. It is an essential element defining the character and charm of the neighborhood, and delineating High Street as an historical residential neighborhood.
The Munger House was identified as a beautiful example of a Georgian style building by the architectural historians recently hired by the Clinton Historic District Commission (HDC). The experts recommended a High/John Street Historic District to be listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The Munger property, located at the base of High Street and the entrance to Clinton, is the anchor property of this proposed Historic District.
The architectural historians went a step further in recommending the Munger House be nominated individually to the National Register. They said: "the best example of [a Georgian style house] in the survey area is 22 High Street (1759) which has a rare fanlight over the entrance and a later two story bay on its south elevation."
The house has social-historical importance as well. Although we are calling it The Munger House, named for the current owner, it was at one time owned by John B. Wright. Wright served for many years as the Connecticut collector for the Internal Revenue Service, a position to which he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln. Wright also served many years as a State Representative, and 1861 and 1862 as State Senator.
We cannot allow this pre-revolutionary home to be demolished in Clinton's 350th anniversary year.
If demolished, the property may very likely be developed for commercial use.