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

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

Deb Historic Preservation 9 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 …

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 …

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 …