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My barber works out of a shop in the south-end of Hartford. I get my hair cut around 7:00 am. These days, there is no traffic. The downtown workforce is crowded around remote monitors and Zoom meetings. This has been interesting in that it gives me the luxury of looking around a bit. The day of my appointment in November, I was sitting at a stop light when I noticed a road I didn’t recall ever seeing before. The road is Charter Oak Place, an offshoot of Charter Oak Boulevard (the road I was on and one of the major roads in the south end neighborhood. As I looked up the hill, I caught an interesting building in the corner of my eye, and any door lover can tell you what followed.
The fact that this little neighborhood struck me as being interesting is understandable. The entire neighborhood has been added to the US National Registry of Historic Places. The description below and the black and white photos are from the nomination form for this neighborhood, prepared in 1977. I am encouraged by the fact that significant progress appears to have been made to preserve some historically significant homes that were in a precarious state in 1977. I have tried to organize the gallery in a before and after format.
Charter Oak Place is a short, tree-lined street in the south end of downtown Hartford, Although it is only a block from the main street, offices and factories, it is quiet and somewhat isolated because of the sharp turn at the north end and hills on three sides which reduce traffic. All but three of the 16 major buildings on the street are large homes of the Victorian period. Charter Oak Place was an upper class residential neighborhood in the 19th century, but now most of the houses have been divided into apartments; many are in poor condition and some are unoccupied. Recently, however, the City and local preservationists have targeted the area for rehabilitation and Charter Oak Place may regain its historical character as a residential neighborhood.
The nomination form includes descriptions of many buildings in the neighborhood. I don’t have space to include all the descriptions here, but I’m including the description of the building which first caught my attention.
Beginning at the north end of Charter Oak Place, across from the large apartment building, one encounters the first of a series of houses in the RomanoTuscan Renaissance Revival style. Number 38-40 is a brick double house, block-like in form, 3 stories high with a nearly flat roof. Because of the slope of the land, there is a full basement story not visible from the front. The windows, which have flat projecting caps and stone sills, are graduated in height with those of the third story greatly reduced. The main facade is symmetrical, four bays wide, with the entrances in the middle sheltered by a flat-roofed portico. The portico roof is supported by three square panelled columns in front and corresponding pilasters. It is not very Classical but beneath the projecting cornice is a row of round-arched ornaments resembling dentillation, a scheme repeated in the brick below the main cornice. There are remains of delicate iron balconies under the first story windows.
I hope you enjoy the comparison photos in the gallery
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