There aren’t many interesting doors on my daily commute. I guess if I am going to continue with this series, I’m going to have to get out and do some exploring or start taking the long way to work. Perhaps I’ll take the long way home.
There it goes.
I can’t say “take the long way home” without getting the Supertramp song stuck in my head. That phrase may not have that effect on you, but I’m willing to bet that my daughter has got that song rattling around in her head right now and is saying bad things about me. Here you go honey, here’s a link to a live version.
Anyway, today’s door is at the Selden Brewer House in East Hartford, CT, but it’s not the door to the Selden Brewer House. The door to the actual house was less interesting. The door to the actual house was also going to be hard to photograph because there are lights shining on it. Maybe a little later in the year, when the sun is higher, I’ll get a suitable picture of that door.
Today’s door is on a somewhat rundown, uninspiring building on the same property. You can rent rooms in the Selden Brewer House for events. I don’t think there are any rooms for rent in this place, but the entrance is more interesting.
I sent an email to the East Hartford Historical Society asking them for some information. Like most historical societies, EHHS is run and staffed by volunteers. Usually, you send an email to those groups and it’s like yelling into a cave. However, in a matter of only a few hours, I received a reply:
“This was lastly a branch of the Raymond Library. Previously it was the Hockanum school house.”
At first I was wondering if that meant the building had been moved. I forgot that people in Connecticut are fond of referring to neighborhoods as distinct entities. Hockanum is an area in East Hartford, CT. Not really a town, but I would expect it to have certain elements of its own identity. That’s the way we roll here in New England.
Further research reveals that the school was built in 1870 and served in that capacity until the 1940s. I like the fact that it has been preserved.
This post is part of the series of Thursday Doors started by Norm Frampton.