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Thursday Doors: Sisters of Saint Joseph Convent

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Thursday Doors 18 Comments

What do you do with a massive 185,000 square foot brick building that is no longer useful for its original intended purpose? A building with beautiful architecture and an integral component of the street scape in the local area? We have just such a scenario in my current home town of West Hartford with the Sisters of Saint Joseph Convent. …

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Come See Boston’s Back Bay Brownstones at Christmas

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Holiday Doors 9 Comments

Strolling up and down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay is an experience in any season. The brownstones are accented by gorgeous trees and window boxes in the spring, foliage and pumpkins in the fall and beautiful wreaths and garland at Christmas time. The architecture of each brownstone is unique and the craftsmanship and detail that went into making each …

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Thursday Doors: Boston Fire Department’s Engine 33 and Ladder 15

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Thursday Doors 19 Comments

There is something about an old city firehouse. Especially in Boston. And especially this one on Boylston Street. I stumbled across this on a cold January day, in the city with my daughter for some birthday lunch and shopping. Built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, this firehouse opened in February 1888 with Engine 33 and Ladder 15 there from the beginning. I love …

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A Cotswold Village in Connecticut: Avon Old Farms School

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors 24 Comments

Working in Simsbury and Avon, CT for almost twenty years combined, I learned many different routes to and from my home in West Hartford. The most direct route was over Avon Mountain which could be treacherous in the snow and ice, so my favorite way to get home on those days was via Old Farms Road. Longer and indirect, but flat. Perks of that …

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Charmed, I’m Sure: West Hill Drive Historic District

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation 14 Comments

Having lived in West Hartford for over twenty years now and due to my more recent pastime of photographing homes, I have become familiar with many sections of town. One of my favorite spots is a little jewel of a neighborhood called the West Hill Drive Historic District. I’ll never forget the first time I discovered what was behind the stone …