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 …

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 …

kent, connecticut, victorian, architecture

Instagram Favorite of the Week

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation 4 Comments

I happened upon this lovely Victorian home in the town center of Kent, CT on a recent spring afternoon.  My husband and I had just dropped our daughter off at a crew regatta at Lake Waramaug State Park, and we decided to have a quick bite in town before returning to watch her event. If you haven’t been to Kent before (in our states Quiet Corner, …

Historic Landmark, Victorian Architecture, Hartford, CT

The Word on Wednesday: National Historic Landmark

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation 2 Comments

What is a National Historic Landmark, exactly? And is it the same thing as something listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Well, yes and no! By definition, a National Historic Landmark (or “NHL”) is on the National Register of Historic Places (or “NRHP”). But very few properties on the NRHP list are also deemed to be a NHL. According …