greek revival architecture, buena vista historic district, west hartford, ct

Living in a Local Historic District: Is It What You Think?

Deb Historic Preservation 10 Comments

Many towns across the country have designated local historic districts within their town. But what does that mean, exactly? Most of us realize it’s a collection of old homes grouped on a single street or within a couple of blocks in a neighborhood. We assume the homeowners have to get permission to paint their house a certain color or to …

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 …

tall tales, saybrook point inn, old saybrook, ct

Saybrook Point Inn Marries Past and Present with Tall Tales

Deb Travel 24 Comments

As a lover of historic architecture, imagine my delight at being invited to stay at Saybrook Point Inn’s new guesthouse, the recently opened Tall Tales. My husband and I made the short trip to Old Saybrook on a Friday afternoon, ready to relax and enjoy this quiet seaside resort and spa. Tall Tales is a detailed recreation of an Italianate …

pump house gallery, hartford, ct, bushnell park

Why is There a Pump House in Bushnell Park?

Deb Thursday Doors 17 Comments

On a recent Hartford walk, I came upon a charming little building at the edge of Bushnell Park. Slate roof, bright red gable, Tudor style. As it came into sharper view I noticed the sign, Pump House Gallery, above the structure’s heavy wooden door. As I looked further, I could see the industrial looking machinery that could only be…pumps? Yes, …

town & county club, hartford, ct

90 Years and Counting at the Town & County Club

Deb Historic Doors, Historic Preservation 19 Comments

A fixture on Woodland Street in Hartford, the Town & County Club has been welcoming its women members and their guests for decades, celebrating 90 years in 2015. With a striking exterior of buff color brick and limestone, the huge Colonial Revival house that the Club calls home was once the residence of Theodore and Laura Lyman and their four …