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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 …

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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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Brownstones on Capitol Avenue in Hartford

Deb Holiday Doors, Thursday Doors 27 Comments

How many times have you looked up something on the Internet, only to find yourself falling down the rabbit hole, moving from one subject to the next?┬áTake a peek at where my research of these doors took me… All I knew was that the addresses were 23-25 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, and from the blue plaque I knew the brownstone …

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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 …