190 Fern, West Hartford, CT

10 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Own This Vintage Home

Deb House History 26 Comments

“F.G. Whitmore & Son have sold the handsome residence of Edward T. Hapgood on Fern Street to Mrs. Gerald W. Hart of this city. The house was recently built by Mr. Hapgood at a large expense, and is considered one of the handsome modern places in the western part of the city. Mr. & Mrs. Hart will shortly move into …

forest street, charles boardman smith, hartford, nook farm, ct, gothic

One of the Last Homes Standing in Nook Farm

Deb Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, House History, Quotes & Inspiration, Thursday Doors 10 Comments

A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell – Harriet Beecher Stowe This is the Charles Boardman Smith house, c. 1875, which stands proudly in spite of its downtrodden appearance. It is one of …

ahern funeral home, farmington avenue, hartford, ct

Thursday Doors: Ahern Funeral Home

Deb Historic Preservation, House History, Thursday Doors 27 Comments

Is it just me, or can you tell that a home is a funeral home before you even see the sign? There is just a certain look about most funeral homes that gives their true purpose away. Not so with the Ahern Funeral Home in Hartford, CT. I noticed the pristine appearance and stunning architecture of the home before realizing …

1161 prospect avenue, west hartford, connecticut, historic district, neoclassical revival

What’s the Scoop At 1161 Prospect Avenue?

Deb Architecture, House History 6 Comments

A month or so before the holidays, West Hartford resident Allan Mayer reached out to see if I would help with a Christmas gift for his wife Ellen. Given Ellen’s love for their stately Prospect Avenue home and her interest in history, we landed on a house portrait as well as some background on its former owners. Although I had never undertaken a project of …