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9 Random Facts About Hartford’s Municipal Building

Deb Public Doors, Thursday Doors 18 Comments

On a recent unseasonably warm, sunny winter day I spent an afternoon in Hartford visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum and strolling through the surrounding neighborhood. Right next to the Atheneum is the Hartford Municipal Building which I hadn’t paid close attention to before. Nine random facts, in no particular order: When it opened in 1915, it replaced the Old State House …

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Thursday Doors: Westmoor Park

Deb Public Doors, Thursday Doors 16 Comments

How many towns can boast their own demonstration farm offering a wide variety of programming to its residents? I would venture to say not very many! Thanks to the foresight and generosity of Mr. Charles Hunter who left the property to the Town of West Hartford when he passed in 1961, West Hartford residents are fortunate to have Westmoor Park …

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Tourist In My Own State: The Noah Webster House and the Forgotten Founding Father

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Public Doors, Tourist In My Own State, Travel 6 Comments

Tourist in my own state? How about in my own TOWN? When my children were young I had the pleasure (cough, cough) of accompanying them and their classmates on school field trips to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. Unfortunately, during those visits my time was primarily spent counting heads to ensure no one had wandered away, so it …

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Tourist in My Own State: Connecticut’s Old State House

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Public Doors, Travel 7 Comments

Why is it that “tourist” destinations are only interesting to us if we are traveling somewhere far away to see them? Maybe it’s because we think we will get to it “one day” since it’s so close by. I am determined to spend time going forward visiting some of our local historic treasures and I had just the opportunity last week. …

Oak Trees at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina

The Front Door Project Visits: Boone Hall Plantation

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Public Doors, The Front Door Project Visits, Travel 10 Comments

From the moment we turned off of the main road and started slowly driving under Boone Hall’s canopy of almost three hundred year old southern live oak trees I knew I would love my visit to Boone Hall Plantation. The Avenue of Oaks, as it is referred to, was originally planted in 1743 by members of the Boone family (although there is …