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

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

Deb Historic Preservation 9 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 …

10 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Own This Vintage Home

Deb House History 26 Comments

“F.G. Whitmore & Son have sold the handsome residence of Edward T. Hapgood on Fern Street to Mrs. Gerald W. Hart of this city. The house was recently built by Mr. Hapgood at a large expense, and is considered one of the handsome modern places in the western part of the city. Mr. & Mrs. Hart will shortly move into …

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 …

west hartford, ct, house portrait, ginny kemp

Every Door Has a Story: Meet Virginia Kemp

Deb Every Door Has a Story 14 Comments

If you follow my Instagram you may recognize the charming home above which I featured recently, a vintage beauty in West Hartford. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner Virginia Kemp (Ginny for short), who lives there with her husband Mike and three children, when she graciously hosted our town’s annual Preservation Awards ceremony. While coordinating the awards, I noticed that …