edward morley house, national historic landmark, national register of historic places, west hartford, ct

The Lesser Known Historic Landmark in West Hartford

Deb Historic Doors 2 Comments

Much to my surprise, West Hartford has not one but two National Historic Landmarks. Only a fraction of those properties on the National Register of Historic Places obtain National Historic Landmark status as the overarching criteria is that the property be “nationally significant” with “meaning for all Americans” according to the National Park Service. So does it surprise you that …

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 …

hill-stead museum, farmington, connecticut, national historic landmark

Five Ways To Enjoy the Hill-Stead Museum This Fall

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

First time visitors to the National Historic Landmark Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT are in for a delightful treat. You realize you are headed someplace special as soon as you turn down the long and winding driveway on to the 152-acre property. Stone walls and rows of trees border the drive, and as you come around the bend at the end the Hill-Stead estate comes …

sever hall, harvard university, richardsonian romanesque, architecture, brick, cambridge, massachusetts

Thursday Doors: Sever Hall at Harvard University

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Thursday Doors 14 Comments

This imposing door is on the west facade of Sever Hall at Harvard University. I was in Cambridge, MA recently and took the opportunity to stroll through the Harvard campus as it boasts many architecturally interesting buildings. Sever Hall was built from 1878-1880 with a gift from Anne Sever in honor of her deceased husband by the famed American architect …