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

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

Deb Historic Preservation 12 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 …

bay village, boston, massachusetts, historic district

Do You Know the Smallest Neighborhood in Boston?

Deb Thursday Doors 23 Comments

Boston is one of my favorite cities, and since it’s so close to my home in Connecticut I have been making an effort to get there more often. Since I often share Boston photos on my Instagram account, I applied to become a member of IGBoston, a community of photographers that share a love of the city and other parts …

capitol avenue, hartford, connecticut, brownstone

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? Take 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 …

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 …