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I hinted last week that there was a link between that post and this one. The hint was found inside one of the quoted portions from the Harriet Beecher Stowe House website,
“After Stowe’s death in 1896 at the age of 85, the house passed out of family hands until 1924, when it was purchased by Stowe’s grand-niece, Katharine Seymour Day.”
Katharine Seymour Day purchase her great aunt’s house and moved from New York City to Hartford. After moving into the Stowe House, she learned that developers had plans to demolish the Twain House and build either an apartment house or a car dealership on the lot. Katherine Day organized a group known as The Friends of Hartford to save the historic home. The group quickly raised $100,000 and purchased the Twain House in 1929. In 1937 she formed the Stowe, Beecher, Hooker, Seymour, Day memorial Library and Historical Foundation, to oversee the maintenance of the houses and the development of a visitor center and library. In 1940 she bought the house now known as the Katharine Seymour Day House, which she used primarily for meetings of the various organizations she supported. Today, this houses the administrative offices of the Stowe Center.
The house was built 1884 by Franklin and Mary Porter Chamberlin. Some say, that Chamberlin built the house to upstage Twain. The Nook Farm neighborhood of Hartford, had several impressive house by that time. The house is Queen Anne in style, but in my opinion, it includes elements of Italianate and both Stick Style and Eastlake styles that preceded the Victorian era. Some of the architectural elements typically found in these styles are shown in the two photos below.
The gallery also includes some pictures from the National Registry of Historic Buildings Nomination forms for these buildings. Three images are of the Day House, and two are interior photos of the Twain House. Since you are not allowed to take pictures during the tour, these are the only interior photos I have. One is special to me. In 2018, our daughter gave me the opportunity to write for three hours in the Twain Library for my birthday.
I also included two photos that I have of the building from that evening in 2018. I think it’s nice to see it with lights on. One photo is looking in the main entrance. The door is open and barely visible.
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