forest street, charles boardman smith, hartford, nook farm, ct, gothic

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 …

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 …