Mark Twain Holiday House Tour

Who can pass up twinkly lights and festive floral arrangements, housed at some of the most impressive architectural gems in Hartford? Not me, and hopefully not you. For 27 years, The Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum have been organizing a holiday tour of beautiful homes in Hartford. This year the tour takes place on Sunday, December 2nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The cost is $30 per person if you purchase your tickets

House Styles

Often when I’m driving around looking at homes, I wonder “what’s that specific house style?” It’s easy to pick out the traditional colonial, tudor, raised ranch, etc., but what about a Federal vs. Georgian style colonial? Or a Queen Anne vs. Eastlake victorian? I sometimes have difficulties telling the differences with older homes. Well, no more. has a great picture dictionary that not only provides images, but describes distinguishing features that you can use

Asylum Hill Spring Walking Tour and Open House

If you love the historic architecture in Hartford, there is a great event for you to attend this weekend in the Asylum Hill district. The Hartford Preservation Alliance is hosting a guided walking tour through the Ashley Street historic neighborhood on Saturday May 19, starting at 12:00pm. On Sunday May 20, from 12:00pm-3:00pm, there will be an open house tour of vintage Victorian homes and gardens in the same area. You can also enjoy local

Sears, Roebuck and Company Kit Homes

The Hartford Courant had an interesting article today on Sears kit homes that were built in the early 1900’s. I personally find these houses fascinating, as they are architectually distinct and reflect the character of the nation during and after World War I. I’ve had the opportunity to see several of the different “kits” during previous travels to Ohio. Each is unique with its own personality. If you have an interest in architecture, these homes