BlackRockHistory.net seeks to educate and promote preservation of the houses and architecture of the historic seaside village of Black Rock. This is also the mandate of the Master Plan of Bridgeport (see below). Today there is still a need to provide the public with an easily accessible information database of the houses and architecture of the original historic district. While there are many more houses on the National Register in Black Rock, this site is devoted to the original list. The Black Rock Historic District is roughly bounded by Black Rock Harbor, Grovers Avenue, Beacon and Prescott Streets. It contains 302 acres and today has a total of 109 buildings.
WHAT IS A HISTORIC DISTRICT: a group of buildings, properties, or sites that have been designated by one of several entities on different levels as historically or architecturally significant. The U.S. federal government designates historic districts through the United States Department of Interior under the auspices of the National Park Service. Federally designated historic districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The application for the Black Rock historic district was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on March 15, 1979.
Bridgeport has 24 HISTORIC DISTRICTS comprising both local districts and those listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Black Rock was the first historic district to be created. This is why it appears as number one on the list.
The goal of the official Master Plan of Bridgeport (see page 65) is to encourage arts and cultural organizations to educate, preserve, and promote local history.
Aerial image of Black Rock's two historic districts.
Black Rock Harbor Historic District: Contains 302 acres and 109 buildings. Listed on National Register in 1979.
Black Rock Gardens Historic District: Contains 89 acres and 12 buildings. Listed on National Register in 1990.
Blackrockhistory.net is a Bridgeport Digital Humanities initiative