national historic landmark, sarah whitman hooker homestead, west hartford, ct

Tourist in My Own State: The Sarah Whitman Hooker House

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

As a West Hartford resident of over twenty years, I have another opportunity to expose my lack of knowledge about this town I call home. If you are equally unfamiliar, allow me to introduce the Sarah Whitman Hooker House, one of only a few examples of 18th century architecture in West Hartford. West Hartford is home to two historic house …

ahern funeral home, farmington avenue, hartford, ct

Thursday Doors: Ahern Funeral Home

Deb Historic Preservation, House History, Thursday Doors 27 Comments

Is it just me, or can you tell that a home is a funeral home before you even see the sign? There is just a certain look about most funeral homes that gives their true purpose away. Not so with the Ahern Funeral Home in Hartford, CT. I noticed the pristine appearance and stunning architecture of the home before realizing …

national historic landmark, hartford, connecticut, harriet beecher stowe house,

Tourist in My Own State: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Tourist In My Own State 12 Comments

Let me begin by saying I apologize. I apologize to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a recently designated National Historic Landmark, for the fact that I did not visit their wonderful museum and cultural resource during the first 46 years of my life, all of which I have lived in Connecticut and most of which I have lived less than fifteen minutes …

fire department, firehouse, boston, massachusetts, engine 33, ladder 15

Thursday Doors: Boston Fire Department’s Engine 33 and Ladder 15

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Thursday Doors 19 Comments

There is something about an old city firehouse. Especially in Boston. And especially this one on Boylston Street. I stumbled across this on a cold January day, in the city with my daughter for some birthday lunch and shopping. Built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, this firehouse opened in February 1888 with Engine 33 and Ladder 15 there from the beginning. I love …